The National Altar Guild Association Prayer
Most gracious Father, Who has called me, Your child, to serve in the preparation of
Your Altar, so that it may be a suitable place for the offering of Your Body and Blood;
As I handle holy things, grant that my whole life may be illuminated and blessed by You, in whose honor I prepare them, and grant the people who shall be blessed by their use, may find their lives drawn closer to Him Whose Body and Blood is our
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TIMELINE AND PREPARATION
FOR THE ALTAR GUILD DURING THE WEEK
The Altar Guild is the liturgical partner of the Priest. Guild members have been chosen to prepare for the meeting of the people with God. It is a sacred trust involving sacred tasks. Therefore, it is important to maintain a prayerful attitude in preparing the Altar for worship each week.
We care for the objects used in worship. We handle them carefully and respectfully, because these objects have been dedicated in prayer for use in worship for the glory of God.
We also care for the sanctuary of the church. The work of the Altar Guild is to ensure that our sanctuary reflects the holiness and the joy that we all create together in our worship.
it is appropriate to say a prayer throughout your work in setting god’s table.
The following is a suggested prayer which can be repeated silently or aloud when going about our tasks:
Dear God, be with us this day as we prepare the sanctuary for your people. Make us humble as your instruments, skilled as your creation, reverent in your service. Help us not to let the form of things blind us to their sacred purpose, or personal concerns deafen us to the needs of others. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
NOW SET UP THE ALTAR VESSELS AS NOTED ON THE FOLLOWING PAGES AND LEAVE THEM IN THE SACRISTY OVERNIGHT.
These vessels, etc. should be set out in the Sanctuary at least 20 minutes before the 8:30 service. If there is not a person that goes to the 8:30 service on your team please place everything on the Altar in the Sanctuary except the Sacraments.
One Chalice with a Purificator over the Chalice, one Paten with a Priest’s Host on it, a Pall, Veil and Burse. An Extra Purificator inside the Burse.
Already consecrated wafers in the Aumbry may used if needed; be sure there are some. ( Wafers need to be in a closed baggie until morning when put on Altar ).
Leaving the Sacristy neat, turn off the lights in there and lock its door, and return tomorrow to set these things out in the Sanctuary.
NOTE: Eucharistic Minister & Acolyte Seating
Eucharistic Ministers and Acolytes need to be engaged in the worship service. However, it is difficult for them to juggle a processional cross, gospel, prayers of the people book along with a hymnal along with all else needed for worship. Therefore, please ensure that each chair has the following:
Sunday Between 8:30 and 11 O’clock Services
After the Last Sunday Service
NOTE: The linen fairy request that we do not wet any used linen.
NOTE: DURING THE SEASONS OF ADVENT AND LENT WE USE: