1. Will I have to change anything I do?
You will need to know the same changes to sung and spoken responses and prayers as everyone else. You’ll also need to become used to a different altar missal and possibly other booklets during the time of transition from the old missal to the new one.

The new altar missal is due to be published in three formats:
(a) Altar edition: this will be quite heavy to hold and carry.
(b) Reduced-size edition, for use at the priest’s chair: this will be smaller and lighter, and will be missal that servers hold up for the priest to read from.
(c) Travelling edition: an even smaller edition for private study use and for priests on pilgrimages and other situations where it is not practicable to take a larger edition.

Apart from the new texts of the Order of Mass, your serving duties should not be affected.

2. Are there any texts in the Mass that speak especially to my ministry?
Several texts from the Eucharistic Prayers have a strong connection with your ministry.

In Eucharistic Prayer II:
We offer you, Lord, the Bread of life and the Chalice of salvation, giving thanks that you have held us worthy to be in your presence and minister to you.

In Eucharistic Prayer IV:
In your presence are countless hosts of Angels, who serve you day and night and, gazing upon the glory of your face, glorify you without ceasing.

In Eucharistic Prayer II for Reconciliation:
Just as you have gathered us now at the table of your Son, so also bring us together . . .

3. What other aspects of my ministry could I look at?
Areas where we often need to keep brushing up our skills include
Body language: not only how we hold ourselves but how we move on the sanctuary.
Participation: for example, do we listen attentively to the readings, and join in with the singing with everyone else?
Being prepared: sometimes things go wrong, and we need to be ready to take the appropriate action. imes where we really need to do some preparation include the ceremonies of Holy Week, and special occasions such as when the Bishop comes on visitation or to celebrate the Sacrament of Confirmation.

Useful resources

Our national Liturgy website: or the liturgy website for the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales
 Guide for Servers
Corinna Laughlin, Paul Turner, Robert D. Shadduck, and D. Todd Williamson, LTP, ISBN 978-1-56854-803-6 [available from McCrimmons]
 Liturgical Ministry: a practical guide to spirituality
Donna M. Cole, Resource Publications, ISBN 0-89390-372-8
Ministry – 6 Servers