Those who serve at the altar share in the sacrificial offerings 1 Cor.9.13

The role of the altar server can perhaps be traced back to the third century. In August 2010 at his weekly catechesis, Pope Benedict XVI addressed more than 80,000 pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s Square for the audience, including more than 55,000 altar servers from across Europe. His catechesis was devoted to St. Tarcisius, who is the patron saint of altar servers, and he pointed to the saint’s faithfulness to the Lord as a model first and foremost for altar servers in the Church, but also for every member of the Christian community.

We know very little about St. Tarcisius other than he lived during the early times of the Church, specifically in the third century. He had a deep love for the Eucharist, and from various sources, we are able to presume that he was an acolyte — that is, an altar server. It is documented that St. Tarcisius was martyred in 257 during the Roman persecutions whilst taking The Blessed Sacrament to condemned Christians in prison; he was attacked and beaten to death.

Pope Damasus (366–384) in a poem composed to St. Tarsicius writes:

When an insane gang pressed saintly Tarsicius, who was carrying the sacraments of Christ, to display them to the profane, he preferred to be killed and give up his life rather than betray to rabid dogs the heavenly body.

Servers at St Barnabas probably will not be called to martyrdom but they do serve Jesus true and present in the Eucharist. They perform their duties with reverence, devotion and faithfulness.

The example of St. Tarcisius urges us each day to love Jesus and to carry out his will for us. Pray for our team of servers.

Guild of Servants of the Sanctuary, Chapter meetings commence at 8.00 pm unless otherwise stated.

22. May, 2019

Guild Office & Benediction

All saints, Station Road/Wells Close, Plumpt6on Green

12. Jun, 2019

Sung Mass

St John the Evangelist, Hammerpond Road, Coolhurst

16. Jul, 2019

Guild Office & Benediction

St Nicolas', South Street, Portslade

11. Sep, 2019

Sung Mass

St Peter's, Brook Hill/Browning's Hill, Cowfold

14. Oct, 2019

Guild Office & Benediction

Brighton College Chapel, Eastern Road, Brighton

7. Nov, 2019

Requiem Mass

Holy Trinity, Church Platt/church Street, Cuckfield

10. Dec, 2019

Advent carols + Social

St Anne's, High Street, Lewes

Guild of Servants of thr Sanctuary Festivals in 2019 all commence at 12.00 Noon

27. Apr, 2019

Easter & AGM

St Stephen's, Southwell Gardens, Gloucester Road, London SW7 4RL

12. Oct, 2019

Autumn

St German' Church, Star Street, Cardiff CF24 0JY