The Altar Guild has the privilege of preparing the altar for any service held in the church, and assisting the clergy whenever necessary. The members are responsible for cleaning the altars, caring for the sacred vessels, and securing the necessary articles to be used at any service.
As you are called to serve our Lord, and possess the qualities of a servant, you may find the Altar Guild to be a place where you can serve and grow spiritually
The National Altar Guild Association Prayer
Most gracious Father, Who has called me, Your child, to serve in the preparation of Your Altar, so that it may be a suitable place for the offering of Your Body and Blood; Sanctify my life and consecrate my hands so that I may worthily handle those Sacred Gifts which are being offered to You.
As I handle holy things, grant that my whole life may be illuminated and blessed by You, in whose honor I prepare them, and grant the people who shall be blessed by their use, may find their lives drawn closer to Him Whose Body and Blood is our hope and our strength, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
The Rt. Rev. E. Don Taylor, Vicar Bishop of New York City, All Saints’ Day, 2002