Thursday, August 5, 2010

Male only Altar Servers in Rome

'Orbis Catholicus' reports that at the recent International Gathering of Altar Servers in Rome (60,000+ attending) only male servers were allowed in the sanctuary. Those girls present were in the front pew with the Madonna & the angels.

We must remember that in the traditions of both East & West only males were allowed to assist in the sanctuary & that the term 'Acolyte' means 'follower, assistant' & is one of the minor orders leading to the priesthood.

Hopefully, the inception of the Society of St Tarcisius will help in reversing the trend allowing females to participate in the serving of Mass. Please encourage our servers - young & not so young - to join.

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