The Liturgy of the Church is ‘the work of the people’. The community of faith gathers regularly to celebrate the Holy Eucharist and to share in Services of Prayer. Members of the community take an active role in these liturgies as lectors, intercessors, crucifers, servers, chalice bearers, and lay readers.
Parish lay readers are licensed by the Area Bishop under the guidance of the parish priest. They often officiate for Morning Prayer and also assist at celebrations of the Eucharist.
In addition to this very important ministry, others also share in the liturgy and the ‘work of the people’ in other capacities. These also are very important roles in the life of the community. Lectors read the Holy Scripture for the community. Intercessors lead the prayers of the people. Crucifers carry the processional cross and the lead the choir into the nave of the church. Servers prepare the elements — the bread and the wine — at the Eucharist. Lay assistants aid the celebrant during the service. Chalice bearers assist in administering Communion. Lay readers often share in these various activities, but most often, officiate at Morning Prayer.
Another, very significant group of folks who share quietly in ‘the work of the people’ are the faithful members of the Altar Guild who serve behind-the-scenes in order to have all the items needed for the liturgy kept in good order and laid out for each liturgy.
Those who serve in the parish in any of these capacities make a positive difference in the life of the community. Thank you!
The parish welcomes and invites members of the parish to share in ‘the work of the people’ by taking an active role as a member of the liturgy team. To find out more, ask Father Glenn, a member of the liturgy team, or give a call to the parish office.
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