At the beginning of February we held a training day for the altar servers at St Joseph's. The day begin by going through the various roles that the server undertake at Mass. These involve thurifer(the one who has charge of the incense), acolytes (the ones who carry candles, crucifer (the one who carries the cross and finally book bearer which should be self explanatory.
In addition to these roles there is that of the MC or Master of Ceremonies. In the liturgy he is the priest's 'right hand man' pointing out the various prayers to be said, ensuring that the books are marked correctly and generally making sure that everything in the liturgy runs as smoothly as possible.
The training day was a great opportunity for us to explain to the servers why we do certain things at Mass or more importantly why things are done in a certain way. The good server not only knows what he is doing, but why he is doing it.
As part of our day we broke for lunch and the servers enjoyed pizza and juice.
My thanks go to all who helped organise the day and for all the hard work they put into it.