As the Associate Director of Liturgy, I work with Rory Cooney to oversee all of our liturgical ministries. We need a variety of gifts of many parishioners in order to have enough people to fill all of the roles required for our many liturgical celebrations. We are blessed to have many dedicated people who give an enormous amount of time to their areas of ministry. This week, we celebrate the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord. Christ is the Light revealed to the nations. Our liturgical ministers’ efforts help to keep the light shining forth.
We need lectors who have a gift for proclamation and can make scripture come alive. We need musicians, both instrumentalists and vocalists, to enable the sung prayer of the whole assembly. These ministers encourage the active participation in song by all those assembled. We need ministers of Communion to distribute the Body and Blood of Christ to the people of Saint Anne. We need Mass coordinators with a gift for organization and a friendly smile to welcome ministers as they sign in and to make sure all positions are filled and all items needed for the liturgy are ready. We need greeters who, by their presence, make sure all people-members and visitors alike-feel welcome. We need ushers to welcome people, to make sure people are seated, to take up the collection and direct people to Communion. We need people with artistic talents for art and environment to ensure that our church is a beautiful place to worship. We need daily sacristans to get things ready for our weekday Masses. People are needed on Sundays to preside at Children’s Liturgy of the Word so that younger children can hear God’s word at an understandable level. Last, but definitely not least, we need our altar servers and altar server captains who are so very important at our liturgies.
One of the most gratifying things to see is the number of young people who, having been ministers, come home from college or beyond and eagerly volunteer to minister. We need and welcome all who are interested in volunteering for any of our liturgical ministries. All the baptized are called to serve in liturgy. This is a wonderful calling because, as the Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy says, it is the “summit and fount” of our life of faith. It is joyful work because it is being done because of our love of the Lord. The combined efforts of all these liturgical ministers help to ensure meaningful and inspiring liturgies.