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St. Anthony Altar Servers



Here is a photo from the mid 1920’s of St. Anthony Altar Servers (click to enlarge).

altar servers

Front Row: Dan Harrington (standing), Albert Vriesacker, Anthony Van Landschoot, Peter Van Overmieren, Frederick Pelletier;
Second Row: ? standing, ?, Gerard Neve, Edward Grotsaert, Jack Dolan, Emee Nottenberg, ? standing;
Back Row: ? standing, Albert Gotelaere, ? Haworth, Art Laverdiere, Frances Gotelaere, Patrick Ozaer, ? standing, ?, Norbert Kastern, ?.

Prayers at the Foot of the Altar:

Psalm 43 42 (“Iudica me, Deus”), preceded and followed by the antiphon “Introibo ad altare Dei, ad Deum qui lætificat iuventutem meam”, is recited by the priest, alternating with the servers, who symbolically represent the people. Then the priest makes again the sign of the Cross, saying: “Our help is in the name of the Lord”, to which the servers add: “Who made heaven and earth.”

“Confíteor Deo omnipoténti, beátæ Maríæ semper Vírgini, beáto Michaéli Archángelo, beáto Ioanni Baptístæ, sanctis Apóstolis Petro et Paulo, ómnibus Sanctis, et vobis, fratres (tibi, Pater), quia peccávi nimis cogitatióne, verbo et ópere: mea culpa, mea culpa, mea máxima culpa. Ideo precor beátam Maríam semper Vírginem, beátum Michaélem Archángelum, beátum Ioánnem Baptístam, sanctos Apóstolos Petrum et Paulum, omnes Sanctos, et vos, fratres (te, Pater), oráre pro me ad Dóminum Deum nostrum.”

(Translation: I confess to almighty God, to blessed Mary ever Virgin, to blessed Michael the archangel, to blessed John the Baptist, to the holy apostles Peter and Paul, to all the saints, and to you, brethren, that I have sinned exceedingly in thought, word, and deed through my fault, through my fault, through my most grievous fault. Therefore I beseech blessed Mary ever Virgin … and you, brethren, to pray to the Lord our God for me.)

The servers pray for the priest: “May Almighty God have mercy on thee, forgive thee thy sins, and bring thee to life everlasting.” Then it is the servers’ turn to confess sinfulness and to ask for prayers. They use the same words as those used by the priest, except that they say “you, Father,” in place of “you, brethren”, and the priest responds with the same prayer that the servers have used for him plus an extra prayer.