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Altar Servers: Guild of St. Stephen
Monday, July 5th 2010

Saint StephenAshbourne Donaghmore Parish is pleased to announce its enrolment in the Archconfraternity of St. Stephen, Westminster, London.

The Guild of St. Stephen is an International Organisation of Altar Servers founded in England in 1904 by Father Hamilton McDonald when he formed a Society of Altar Servers at the Convent of the Sacred Heart in London. In 1905, Pope Pius X gave his approval to the canonical establishment of the Guild at Westminster Cathedral. The Guild spread, and in 1934, Pope Pius XI enabled all Guilds of Altar Servers throughout the world to be affiliated with the Archconfraternity at Westminster.

Altar Servers who have completed three years of unbroken service in our parish will be awarded the bronze medal and enrolled in the Guild of St. Stephen.

Altar Servers Guild of Saint Stephen

  • In the centre the letters XP are the first two letters of the name “Christ” in Greek.
  • At the top is the crown of victory given by God to every-one who overcomes evil, especially those who die for him.
  • At the bottom are the palm branches, traditional signs of martyrs who died for Christ.
  • Around the edge are the Latin words of the Guild motto: CVI SERVIRE REGNARE EST. TO SERVE CHRIST IS TO REIGN.

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