“In the celebration of the Mass the faithful form a holy people, a people whom God has made his own, a royal priesthood, so that they may give thanks to God and offer the spotless Victim not only through the hands of the priest but also together with him, and so that they may learn to offer themselves. They should, moreover, endeavor to make this clear by their deep religious sense and their charity towards brothers and sisters who participate with them in the same celebration. Thus, they are to shun any appearance of individualism or division, keeping before their eyes that they have only one Father in heaven and accordingly are all brothers and sisters to each other.
Indeed, they form one body, whether by hearing the word of God, or by joining in the prayers and the singing, or above all by the common offering of Sacrifice and by a common partaking at the Lord’s table. This unity is beautifully apparent from the gestures and postures observed in common by the faithful.
The faithful, moreover, should not refuse to serve the People of God gladly whenever they are asked to perform some particular ministry or function in the celebration.”
~ General Instruction of the Roman Missal, n. 95-97
In the service of Liturgical Ministry, we are all called to offer ourselves as sacrifices to the Lord. We must be willing to give of ourselves freely, and willing to give up our own will, and allow God to work in us and through us. Liturgical Ministry calls for dedication and sacrifice in order to promote the work of Christ and the Church. Ultimately we are called to be the servants of the servants, and to spread the message of Christ in everything that we do. All Liturgical Ministers are called forth by the pastor are his designee to function in a particular ministry so as to serve the People of God here at St. Peter Parish.
“I will not sacrifice to the Lord my God burnt offerings that cost me nothing.”
~ 2 Samuel 24:24