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Archbishop Aquila blesses altar servers at first appreciation Mass

On Aug. 27, Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila celebrated an appreciation Mass for altar severs. marking the very first Mass of its kind in the Archdiocese of Denver.

“It was a joy to celebrate the first Mass acknowledging the altar servers of the Archdiocese of Denver for the role they play in the Sacred Liturgy,” Archbishop Aquila said. “It’s a testament to the strength of our Catholic faith that has touched the hearts of so many of our young people and who love to serve and encounter Jesus each week at Mass.”

The Mass was celebrated at Christ the King parish, where 20 different parishes were represented. Archbishop Aquila blessed each of the altar servers there. and they were also each given prayer cards featuring either Blessed Mother Teresa or St. John Berchman, patron saint of altar servers.

DENVER, CO - AUGUST 27: Altar server Mass at Christ the King Catholic Church August 27, 2016, in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Daniel Petty/Denver Catholic)
Altar servers representing 20 different parishes attended a special Mass appreciating their service to the Church Aug. 27 at Christ the King parish in Denver. (Photo by Daniel Petty/Denver Catholic)

 

DENVER, CO - AUGUST 27: Altar server Mass at Christ the King Catholic Church August 27, 2016, in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Daniel Petty/Denver Catholic)
Requirements for being an altar server vary from parish to parish, but in general, the task of altar server is open to boys and girls, men and women, and typically anyone in third grade or beyond can be an altar server. (Photo by Daniel Petty/Denver Catholic)

 

DENVER, CO - AUGUST 27: Altar server Mass at Christ the King Catholic Church August 27, 2016, in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Daniel Petty/Denver Catholic)
Archbishop Aquila blessed each of the altar servers during the Mass. (Photo by Daniel Petty/Denver Catholic)

DENVER, CO - AUGUST 27: Altar server Mass at Christ the King Catholic Church August 27, 2016, in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Daniel Petty/Denver Catholic)
A total of 207 altar servers were in attendance at the Mass. (Photo by Daniel Petty/Denver Catholic)

 

Aaron Lambert
Aaron is the Managing Editor for the Denver Catholic.
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