Both girls and boys are eligible to assist on the Altar. Servers should be mature enough to understand their responsibilities and to carry them out well and with appropriate reverence. They should have already received Holy Communion for the first time and normally receive the Eucharist whenever they participate in the liturgy.
Servers carry the cross, the processional candles, carry the incense and censer, assist the priest when he receives the gifts from the people, ring the bells, wash the hands of the priest and assist the priest as necessary.
Servers should be seated in a place from which they can easily assist the priest and respond to the prayers etc along with the congregation.
It is normal for altar servers to wear an alb.
Altar servers assisting the priest……
The Altar Server ready to
ring the bells……