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Liturgical Press

The Ministry Of Servers

Second Edition

Michael Kwatera, OSB

The Ministry Of Servers
The Ministry Of Servers

ISBN: 9780814629598, 2959

Details: 48 pgs, 5 3/8 x 8 1/4
Publication Date: 09/01/2004

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The Ministry of Servers is a simple and concise, yet comprehensive guide for altar servers and their instructors. Well organized with helpful line drawings, this book will be easily understood by children who fulfill this essential ministry to God and God's people.

Chapters are: Introduction, "Preparing to Serve Mass," “Postures at Mass,” “Directions for Serving Mass,” “Special Directions for Serving Funerals,” “Special Directions for Serving Weddings,” “Directions for Serving the Way of the Cross,” “Serving at Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament,” “Investiture Ceremony,” “Pope John Paul II Speaks to Altar Servers,” “When to Stand, Sit, and Kneel at Mass,” and “My Substitutes to Serve.”

Fr. Michael Kwatera, OSB, PhD, is director of Oblates for Saint John’s Abbey, Collegeville, Minnesota. He’s a teacher and practitioner of Christian liturgy and the author of several Liturgical Press books, including Come to the Feast: Liturgical Ministry of, by, and for Everybody.


The Ministry of Servers offers a handy, straightforward and meticulous guide for those young men and women called to the ministry of server. The completeness of this work will provide an invaluable tool for pastoral leaders entrusted with the responsibility of forming liturgical ministers.
Sharon A. Bogusz, Coordinator for Elementary and Sacramental Catechesis, Division for Evangelization and Catechesis, Archdiocese of Baltimore

Fr. Kwatera provides a new edition of an old friend. Servers who use this guide will feel a sense of pride in their ministry as they develop a deeper appreciation of the importance of their role. Fr. Michael lays out the duties of servers at Mass and other devotions in a way that is clear and concise while respecting the differences in detail that a server may encounter. This guide will provide a useful and inspiring tool to those who train servers.
Reverend John M. Sauer, Rector, Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, Winona, Minnesota

And Pope John Paul II's 2001 address to servers (chapter nine) is inspiring.
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This booklet offers a detailed instruction for altar servers who provide a special ministry in the celebration of the liturgy. It is a handy guide for those entering this ministry.

The Ministry of Servers . . .is specifically for children, but suitable for all. It has a great introduction on the meaning of this ministry.
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