Fr Ignatius Yeo speaking to senior altar servers from City District churches during their day of recollection on Dec 19, 2015.Fr Ignatius Yeo speaking to senior altar servers from City District churches during their day of recollection on Dec 19, 2015.
Senior altar servers from City District churches learnt more about the liturgical signs and symbols of the Mass during a recent day of recollection.

Forty-two of them gathered for the event, organised by the Archdiocesan Liturgy Commission, at St Joseph’s Church, Victoria St, on Dec 19, 2015.

Fr Ignatius Yeo, commission chairman and rector of the church, highlighted the distinction between a sign and a symbol, commonly perceived to be synonymous in the world today. He explained the significance of the various signs and symbols of the Church, which include liturgical vessels, vestures and church architecture.

To ensure that the participants have internalised the knowledge, he asked them to put together a presentation to explain the meanings of the various liturgical signs and symbols to their junior members.

This “prepares them to be able to provide basic liturgical training to the junior altar servers”, he commented.

Earlier in the day, Fr Ignatius explained the theology of the Liturgy of the Hours, which is the prayer of the Church. When one prays the Divine Office, one “prays with the heart and mind of the Church and of her Divine Saviour – Jesus Christ”, he said.

Mr Michael Feng, master of ceremonies of the Latin Mass Community, also gave an introduction to Gregorian chant and taught participants one basic psalm tone to chant the psalms of the Divine Office. The participants then proceeded to pray Terce (mid-morning prayer).

The servers also gathered for a Holy Hour with the exposition and benediction of the Blessed Sacrament led by Carmelite Fr Jeffrey Tan.

In his sermon, he stressed that there cannot be a dichotomy between what the servers do at the sanctuary and the lives they lead outside it. Servers should always uphold their Christian values in their daily lives, he said.

The day of recollection ended with a Mass served by all the altar servers present.

Mr Antonio Franco, head server of St Joseph’s Church, shared that he was very delighted with at the day of recollection especially as it allowed him to network with servers from other parishes.

He hopes that this will be an annual event that all servers of the district can look forward to.

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