Magazine article First Things; A Monthly Journal of Religion and Public Life

Rules for Being an Altar Boy at Saint John Vianney Parish for the Liturgical Year 1964

Magazine article First Things; A Monthly Journal of Religion and Public Life

Rules for Being an Altar Boy at Saint John Vianney Parish for the Liturgical Year 1964

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If you have to sneeze on the altar do so quietly and turn

Your head away from the Holy Sacrament. Please carry

A handkerchief in the pocket of your trousers. No jeans.

Wear good shoes. No sneakers. Arrive 30 minutes early

Minimum: 5 minutes early is 25 minutes late. The bells,

As a crucial part of the Mass, are rung firmly but gently.

It is the unaware altar server who rings them too loudly.

Be attentive. You too are an integral aspect of the Mass.

You are witnessing and abetting a miracle. Always treat

The Mass that way. Your service allows the miraculous

Easier passage into this plane. Never let your cassock be

Stained or sullied. Similarly your surplice. Do not under

Any circumstances drink the wine or eat the consecrated

Hosts. You will be tempted to do so. Resist the Tempter.

You may be late for, or fail to appear for, only one Mass.

If you are late for or miss a second Mass, your privileges

Are suspended. Two boys in nine years have been ousted.

Don't become the third. Honor the parents who are proud

Of their son and his service as witness to Holy Sacrament. …

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