It is a great privilege to serve at the Altar of our God and therefore Servers are chosen from those boys who display a desire for a more intimate union with our Lord and God, Jesus Christ. Our loving Savior becomes substantially present on the Altar, just as He was at the Last Supper and at Calvary. Accordingly, Servers have a solemn responsibility to do their assigned duties with dignity and reverence.
Our parish has Altar Boys, who generally start after their first communion (exceptions are made if the boy is ready) and continue for as long as they feel called to serve. All that is required is a desire to server at the Altar of Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
When the Sacred Scriptures are read in the Church, God himself speaks to his people, and Christ, present in his word, proclaims the Gospel. Therefore, the readings from the Word of God are to be listened to reverently by everyone, for they are an element of the greatest importance in the Liturgy. Although in the readings from Sacred Scripture the Word of God is addressed to all people of whatever era and is understandable to them, a fuller understanding and a greater efficaciousness of the word is nevertheless fostered by a living commentary on the word, that is, by the Homily, as part of the liturgical action. (General Instruction of the Roman Missal [GIRM], no. 29)
(Under construction; most likely a Gregorian Chant Schola)
from the Catechism of the Catholic Church, # 1157:
"Song and music fulfill their function as signs in a manner all the more significant when they are "more closely connected . . . with the liturgical action," according to three principal criteria: beauty expressive of prayer, the unanimous participation of the assembly at the designated moments, and the solemn character of the celebration. In this way they participate in the purpose of the liturgical words and actions: the glory of God and the sanctification of the faithful:
How I wept, deeply moved by your hymns, songs, and the voices that echoed through your Church! What emotion I experienced in them! Those sounds flowed into my ears, distilling the truth in my heart. A feeling of devotion surged within me, and tears streamed down my face -- tears that did me good. (St. Augustine, Confessions 9:6, 14)
The Ushers serve as ambassadors of St. Basil, we greet and open doors at every Holy Mass. We feel it's an important way of welcoming people to our Holy Masses and other church events. We also assist in the collections, keeping an orderly flow at Communion, and distribute the parish bulletin at the conclusion of the Holy Mass. We, as a group, are proud of our duties and our participation in the parish. The Ushers Group at St. Basil church sponsor occasional breakfasts, the annual breakfast with Santa, and volunteer at various events at the church.
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