More than boys; why men are needed to serve the altar
(05-21-2016, 12:26 AM)Poche Wrote:
(05-19-2016, 10:37 AM)PrairieMom Wrote:
(05-18-2016, 11:25 PM)Poche Wrote: It is the tradition of the Catholic Church to recruit young boys to serve at the altar. It is from them that we hope to inspire with a vocation to the priesthood..

Actually, if you had read the post, that's mostly a product of the Industrial revolution/war. The norm used to be to have adult men, instituted in minor orders, to serve. It's only once men stopped doing it that boys were recruited.

Even so, this is a good way for them to think of their future as priests. Every now and then I like to ask the altar boys who will be saying the 10:00 mass 20 years from now?

Poche, I encourage you to read the article.

If a boy is inspired to consider priesthood through serving the altar, this is happy fruit, but an accidental one. The minor order of acolyte stands on its own; if anything, the acolyte is a servant of the deacon, not the priest.

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Re: More than boys; why men are needed to serve the altar - by The_Harlequin_King - 05-21-2016, 03:04 AM

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