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Corinna Laughlin, Paul Turner, D. Todd Williamson

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The work of the sacristan is extremely important, for without their preparations, the Mass cannot begin. Sacristans work behind the scenes to help ensure proper celebration of the liturgy, setting out the books, the vestments, the vessels, the bread, and the wine. Grounded in Church doctrine and liturgical practice, this updated guide provides newly formed and experienced sacristans with the skills and theological insights to help them fulfill these crucial tasks.

This guide includes:

  • Theological and historical reflections on the liturgy and the ministry
  • Practical skill-building and advice for serving in this role
  • Ways to deepen your spirituality and call to discipleship
  • Answers to frequently asked questions
  • Recommended resources
  • A glossary
  • Questions for discussion and reflection

“This book is a valuable and inspiring resource for new and experienced servers alike. We have been called to the ministry of serving to help others be transformed as they encounter Christ through the liturgy. When we carry the cross we are reminded that we are disciples of Christ, when we carry the candle we direct attention to the light of Christ, and when we process we actively present the Good News and then we go forth and share it with world. Return to this enlightening guide often to reflect and deepen your understanding about our ministry and how the liturgy shapes our faith."

Aileen Scommegna | Former staff and faculty member of St. Clement Parish, Chicago, Illinois

"Guide for Servers invites readers to see lay service in the Church’s liturgies and rites—and especially the silent, seemingly rote service at the altar—as an expression of deep love for God, at once steeped in history and always immediate. To that end, Laughlin, Turner, and Williamson consistently foreground the essential union of purpose and practice in liturgical ministry, so that readers understand the need to learn well if one intends to labor (and love) well. Guide for Servers is an excellent point-of-entry for those just learning—or in need of a reminder about—how the quiet, attentive work of altar servers adorns the Church as she presents herself to God"

Leo Rubinkowski, Server | Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, Chicago, IL

“More than just a valuable 'how-to' guide for liturgical teams or servers, this book also reminds us why we serve in the first place. Especially during this time of self-imposed isolation (COVID-19) it has provided ,e with an opportunity to reflect on how I live the liturgy outside of the Mass.”

Stu Ling, Server | St. James Cathedral, Seattle, WA

"After a few months or years it may be easy to fall into a routine and forget the important role that a server undertakes; this work will help to remind you of the importance of every step we take together during the mass and the historical significance of every action you take as server. Overall, this will be a practical resource for any server—new or old—within their parish, and as a missionary server for the world."

Daniel Hsieh, Server | St. James Catehdral, Seattle, WA