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Jalankanlah tugasmu dan berusahalah untuk mencari dan memenuhi kehendak Tuhan, tetapi janganlah kaubiarkan dirimu dihalangi oleh gosip murahan (St. Arnoldus Janssen)
Kita mengambil bagian dalam tugas hidup dan perutusan Yesus Kristus, yang menghampakan diriNya dan menjadi seorang hamba, taat sampai mati, bahkan sampai mati di salib (lih. Fil 2:7-8). Kita yakin, bahwa karya apostolis kita mendapat berkat dari Allah bukan hanya dalam gembiraan dan keberhasilan, melainkan juga dalam kesukaran dan kekecewaan. (Konstitusi SVD 121)

Serving the Altar of the Lord

I LOVE MY JESUS SO MUCH. WHAT SHOULD I DO TO SERVE HIM? This is a question addressed to me by a young girl years ago in Bali, when I was serving the International Community This question kept sounding in my mind when I moved to Batam.

People often think too sophisticated when talking about serving God. There are many different types of serving God, according to our profession, life style, social circumtances, etc. You may serve Him as professional, husband, mother etc, including children. Here is the chance for children to actively take parts in the ministry, i.e. to be altar servers. So, serving God is not difficult. It is a matter of openess to His call. One good answer for His call is to be the altar server. Here in Bible Centre we call them knights and lillies of the altar.

What is an altar server?
ALTAR SERVER is a role usually played by young boys and girls to serve liturgies in the church. It used to be only boys, but now girls are also allowed to be altar servers. Although they are called altar servers, practically they serve every liturgical celebration when they are needed.

Why should one become an altar server?
Becoming an altar server is actually a form of answering the word of God who needs our participation in bringing about his mission to save the whole world. When one decides to be an altar server, it is the way he or she appreciates the love of God.

Is it compulsory to be an altar server?
To be an altar server must be a free choice, as it is a voluntary service which requires a lot of personal sacrifices. One should seek guidance and advices from parents, teachers or others who might know well this services before making the final decision.


Some of the knights and lillies of the altar
I want to join but I don't know anything.
Well, do not worry. The priest and altar servers organizers will take care of it. New recruits will be trained properly to know all items related to the liturgy and to serve properly. Meanwhile, you will learn by doing the service yourself. Several books for altar servers will serve you as guide lines.

What are the requirements?
First of all, you have to have been baptized in the Catholic Church and have received the first communion. And then you have to commit to the duty you freely decide to join. Meanwhile, you are also required to live certain standard of spirituality and morality, as you are no ordinary boys or girls. Your spiritual advisors will be the one to instruct you.

Have you made up your mind to join us? Your chance is here. Please approach Fr. Aurelius Pati Soge or Ms. Carmen Guibac, the moderator, for further information.




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