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Altar Servers

The Job of the Altar Server

The Orthodox altar server is an important job in the Orthodox Church.In the Eastern Orthodox Church, altar servers assist the higher clergy during services. They might carry the cross, candles or liturgical fans in processions and entrances; maintain the censer, ensuring it has enough live charcoal, loading it with incense and handing it to the priest or deacon when required; preparing the hot water (zeon) in time for it to be added to the chalice at the Divine Liturgy; prepare the antidoron for the people to receive after Holy Communion; and any other necessary tasks so that the priest need not be distracted during the service. 

Altar Server Qualifications

Othodox males of any age may serve on the altar with the parish priest's blessing.

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Saint John Chrysostom Albanian Orthodox Church
237 North 17th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103

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215-563-0979 (Phone)
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