St. Cyril of Jerusalem Parish,15520 Ventura Boulevard, Encino, California - St. Cyril of Jerusalem Church, 15520 Ventura Boulevard, Encino, California 91436
Although the role of the modern sacristan developed from the
teaching of the Second Vatican Council, that all members of the
Church should: “be led to take that full, conscious, and active part
in the liturgical celebrations which is demanded by the very nature
of the liturgy ... in the restoration and development of the sacred
liturgy the full and active participation by all the people is the
paramount concern” (Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, 14) it can
be argued that sacristans have been with us since the beginning. If
the role of the sacristan is to prepare what is needed for the
celebration of the Mass, and if the Last Supper was the first Mass,
then the first sacristan was the person who arranged the cups and
dishes on the table before Jesus and the disciples arrived.
As a Sacristan you will need to have a practical approach to everything that you do – and the duties will indeed be various and varied. The ministry is more about being Martha rather than Mary, a practical, hands-on service that requires organizational skills knowing not only what the Church uses in its various liturgies but also where these items are kept so that these can be organized and used to their fullest potential within the liturgical life of the parish. A Sacristan works as a member of a team, not only with his/her fellow Sacristans but also with the parish clergy, altar servers, lectors and extraordinary ministers, and through these developing relationships and the preparation for the various liturgies helping yourself and others develop their relationship with God.
For more information, please contact Jose Lambert (weekdays), Robert Prucher (weekends) at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 818.986.8234
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