Sacristy Prayers

Below are the prayers to learn for before and after Extraordinary Form Masses.

Before Mass
Just before going out for Mass Father says, “procedamus in pace” and the servers answer, “in nomine Christi”.

After Mass
Father says, “Prosit” (Translation: May it be to your benefit) and the servers answer “Pro omnibus et singulis” (Pronunciation: Pro ohmneeboos et singoolees – Translation: For all and for each). Then the servers ask for a blessing, “Jube domne, benedicere” (Pronunciation: Yoobay domnay benidichehray – Translation: Be pleased, sir, to give the blessing).

Article: In Two Michigan Villages, a Higher Calling Is Often Heard

A great story on priestly vocations from southern Michigan…

FOWLER, Mich. — Aside for the mole grazing his right eyebrow, it is difficult to distinguish Gary Koenigsknecht from his identical twin, Todd, four minutes the elder.

Growing up, the twins, now 26, milked cows side by side on the family farm. They both graduated at the top of their high school class. And with their ordination on Saturday, they have begun careers as Roman Catholic priests, two of 477 men in the United States expected to be ordained this year.

They demonstrate that priestly vocations are not evenly distributed by family or geography: they are among six priests in their extended family, and among 22 from their hometown, Fowler, Mich., population 1,224. They officially tie up the leader board with the neighboring village of Westphalia, population 938, which has also produced 22 priests, making for a robust rivalry in both football and Roman collars.

In an era when the number of priests in the United States continues to dwindle — declining by 11 percent in the past decade and crippling the Catholic Church’s ability to meet the needs of a growing Catholic population — this rural patch of Clinton County offers a case study in the science and mystery of the call to priesthood.

Read the entire New York Times article

Blog Post: What I Tell My Altar Servers by Fr. Longenecker

A nice article about altar serving by Father Dwight Longenecker. Here’s the opening paragraph…

Boys, before we get down to particulars, I want you to know why we have altar servers at all. Do the deacons and I need you to bring the bread and the water and wine to the altar? No, we could do that ourselves. Do we need you to carry candles and the cross and hold the book? Not really. The priest is supposed to extend his hands in prayer, so he can’t hold the book, but we could just put it on the altar. Do we need you to ring the bell and turn the page and wash our hands? No. We could do all that without you.

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