altar server


Definition of altar server

: a lay person (typically a child or adolescent) who assists the celebrant in a liturgical service

Examples of altar server in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The vigil, which is normally attended by roughly 10,000 people in the packed St. Peter's Basilica, was attended by only about two dozen, including a few altar servers and a smaller-than-usual choir. CBS News, "Coronavirus updates: Pope Francis leads empty Vigil Mass ahead of Easter," 11 Apr. 2020 Even with so many parishioners absent Sunday, the pews were packed as Mena followed the procession toward the chancel, behind the altar server holding up a red processional cross and the deacon carrying a red and gold Bible. Los Angeles Times, "A Mississippi church counts its missing after ICE raids: ‘This is a very dark moment’," 19 Aug. 2019 While Pell's lawyers argued in the appeal that the jury must have had reasonable doubt, the prosecutors said contrasting evidence from more than 20 priests, choristers, altar servers and church officials still did not preclude guilty verdicts. Rod Mcguirk, Anchorage Daily News, "Australian court upholds Cardinal Pell child sex convictions," 21 Aug. 2019 The Way of the Cross procession left St. Michael the Archangel Church on Scranton Road at noon, led by Cleveland police cars, an honor guard of Knights of Columbus and altar servers, with Delfin Figueria carrying the cross in a portrayal of Christ. Chuck Crow,, "Cleveland Bishop Nelson Perez leads Good Friday procession," 30 Oct. 2017

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1920, in the meaning defined above

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“Altar server.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Oct. 2020.

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