Liturgical Ministry Guidelines

Altar Server

An altar server is a lay assistant who attends to supporting liturgical tasks during Mass. Generally, altar servers are seen at Mass holding the sacramentary for the priest, assisting in setting the altar, ringing bells during the Liturgy of the Eucharist, as well as performing other seasonal tasks. Below, you will find the altar server guidelines we use for Mass at the Emory University Catholic Center.

Guidelines for Altar Servers

Extraordinary Minister of the Eucharist

An extraordinary minister of Holy Communion is tasked with aiding the ordinary ministers (bishop, priest, and/or deacon) in the distribution of Holy Communion during the sacrament of Mass. At the Emory University Catholic Center, we generally have two extraordinary ministers assist the priest during Mass, and the guidelines for serving as an extraordinary minister of Holy Communion can be found below:

Guidelines for Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion


A lector is tasked with reading New and Old Testament scripture during Mass, as well as reading the prayer intentions for the community. The guidelines for lectors can be found below:

Guidelines for Lectors