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Altar Servers Awards Ceremony
Tuesday, March 29th 2011

At a recent ceremony, Altar Servers were presented with awards appropriate to their length of service, commitment, reverence, prayerfulness and good example.

Four Servers were presented with the prestigious medal of St. Stephen. This award is presented by the Confraternity of St. Stephen in Westminster, London. The medal depicts the letters of the name Christ in Greek, cast in bronze.  It also depicts the crown of victory and palm branches – the symbol of those who give their lives to Christ.   It is inscribed in Latin with the words; “To serve Christ is to reign”.  Each server was presented with a Certificate of Enrolment and signed their name in the Guild of St. Stephen.

St. Michael’s Medal was also presented: This medal is mounted on the colours of Michael the Archangel who is often depicted wearing a green tunic draped in a red cloak.  The cross depicts the altar with chalice and bread – the elements used for the celebration of the Eucharist.  As servers they are called to “model their lives on the mystery of the Lord’s cross.”

Also presented was St. Patrick’s medal:   The red and white colours of the ribbon used for mounting this medal are those associated with the ancient Order of St. Patrick.  The cross symbolises our Christian call to service through the grace of the Sacrament of Baptism.  It also represents the unity of heaven and earth through the celebration of the Eucharist.

Below are some images from the awards ceremony. Click an image to view it in full size or to start the slideshow.

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