The altar servers of Mater Misericordiae Mission praise God by their service to Him at the altar. They desire to render this service with humility, reverence, and obedience insofar as God requires of them, guided by the rule of the Guild of St. Stephen. Read on to find out more.
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The Guild of Altar Servers
Under the Patronage of St. Stephen, Deacon and Martyr
Cui Servire Regnare Est
To Serve Christ is to Reign.
The object of the Guild is the sanctification of the Altar Server by teaching him that serving in the Sanctuary is a great religious privilege; by instructing him in the manner of observing the rites and ceremonies of the Church according to the rubrics and decrees of the Sacred Congregation of Rites and the interpretations of the most generally accepted authorities; and by encouraging him to understand the meaning and the purpose of the ceremonies in which he takes part.
I offer myself to God Almighty, to Blessed Mary ever Virgin, and to our Holy Patron, St. Stephen, and I promise to do my best to serve reverently, intelligently and punctually, having the glory of God and my own eternal salvation as my object.
O God, who dost graciously accept the ministry of Thy servants and allow us to share in the service of Thy Altar, grant that, while in serving Thee, we follow the example of our Patron, Saint Stephen, the first Martyr, we may, like him, come to see Thy Son standing at your right hand of Thy Majesty, and so enter into the Kingdom of Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns for ever. Amen.
Direct, we beseech Thee, O Lord, our actions by Thy inspiration, and further them by Thy continual help; that every prayer and work of ours may always begin from Thee, and through Thee be likewise ended. Amen.
V. Saint Stephen.
R. Pray for us.
St. Stephen, the First Martyr
Stephen, full of grace and fortitude, did great wonders and signs among the people. Now there arose some, of that which is called the synagogue of the Libertines and of the Cyrenians and of the Alexandrians and of them that were of Cilicia and Asia, disputing with Stephen. And they were not able to resist the wisdom and the spirit that spoke. Then they suborned men to say they had heard him speak words of blasphemy against Moses and against God. And they stirred up the people and the ancients and the scribes. And running together, they took him and brought him to the council. And they set up false witnesses, who said: This man ceaseth not to speak words against the holy place and the law. For we have heard him say that this Jesus of Nazareth shall destroy this place and shall change the traditions which Moses delivered unto us. And all that sat in the council, looking on him, saw his face as if it had been the face of an angel. (Acts 6:8-15)
But he, being full of the Holy Ghost, looking up steadfastly to heaven, saw the glory of God and Jesus standing on the right hand of God. And he said: Behold, I see the heavens opened and the Son of man standing on the right hand of God. And they, crying out with a loud voice, stopped their ears and with one accord ran violently upon him. And casting him forth without the city, they stoned him. And the witnesses laid down their garments at the feet of a young man, whose name was Saul. And they stoned Stephen, invoking and saying: Lord Jesus, receive my spirit. And falling on his knees, he cried with a loud voice, saying: Lord, lay not his sin to their charge. And when he had said this, he fell asleep in the Lord. (Acts 7:55-59)