Find out more about our Liturgical Ministries.
- Acolyte Guild
- Altar Guild
- Chalice Bearers
- Flower Ministry
- Lay Eucharistic Visitors
- Lay Readers
- Vergers and Sub-Deacons
The members of the Acolyte Guild enhance the worship services by leading the processions, assisting in preparation of the altar for Holy Eucharist, and assisting with incense at special services. The acolytes assist at all three weekend services each week as well as at the numerous special services throughout the year.
“Building up the Body of Christ for the work of the Gospel” (part of the mission statement at St. John’s Cathedral) depends on the regular celebration of the Eucharist. The Altar Guild at St. John’s prepares for the Eucharist and cares for the things necessary for its celebration or for any of the other sacraments and offices of the church.
Altar guild members care for the altar, the center of the church’s life. However, to paraphrase Lawrel Larsen (former Altar Guild director), the Altar Guild is not solely a group of housekeepers who polish brass and care for linens. The Altar Guild ministry is an expression of Christian commitment to serve the Lord through work and worship on a regular basis.
The Altar Guild:
- prepares for celebration of the Eucharist on Sundays; weekday services on Tuesdays and feast
days; Easter and Christmas; baptisms; funerals; and weddings.
- leads the efforts to decorate the Cathedral for Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.
Chalice Bearers (or Lay Eucharistic Ministers) are a vital part of the Liturgy here at the Cathedral Church of St. John. These dedicated individuals assist the Clergy in distributing the Consecrated Elements to the congregation.
Chalice bearers serve at most services where communion is offered. Usually, seven chalice bearers serve each Sunday: one at 8:00 AM, three at 9:00 AM, and two at 11:00 AM. On some occasions, as many as nine are required to cover all three services. They also serve at special services such as Christmas, Holy Week, and Ash Wednesday.
Currently, we have 18 dedicated individuals committed to this ministry. On several Sundays some folks will do back-to-back services to ensure that we have sufficient Chalice Bearers to support the Clergy. This amazing group of parishioners sees that their ministry is fulfilled, and maintain an incredible bearing of dignity and reverence. If you feel called to this ministry, please contact Dean Goodman or Roger Southward.
The purpose of the flower ministry is to re-use the altar flowers. First and foremost the altar flowers are a memorial to the person or persons who are being honored. Second, they are tools, such as stained glass, music and incense which help us focus on the beauty of the Lord’s house. And last, they can bring a blessing to a sick or shut-in parishioner. During the year, several volunteers take the altar flowers and break them into smaller bouquets. Those flowers are then delivered to sick and shut-ins. The ministry is in need of more arrangers and deliverers who can stay for 20 minutes after the 11:00 service.
Lay Eucharistic Visitors are members of the laity that have responded to God’s call to take Holy Communion from the altar on Sunday to a member of the Cathedral that is unable to attend worship. After the distribution of the Eucharist is completed, the LEV receives the consecrated elements from the Celebrant with a commissioning prayer. The LEV then processes with the altar party at the end of the service carrying the Holy Eucharist to our home-bound family keeping them connected to all of the rest of us through the Body and Blood of our Lord. Lay Eucharistic Visitors have the privilege of being extensions of the Body of Christ at the Cathedral, bringing joy to brothers and sisters who cannot attend worship.
The Lay Readers, or Lectors, are some of the most visible of the many volunteers who serve our Cathedral. Every Sunday there is one for the 8:00 service; two, one of whom is a Youth Reader, at 9:00; and one at 11:00. In addition, they read the Scripture lessons at special services, particularly around Christmas and Easter. We can always use more volunteers, especially for the 8:00 and 9:00 services. More young people, over the age of 10 please, would also be very welcome.
Vergers serve at the Liturgy by helping to prepare for worship, assisting the Altar Guild, ensuring all the various roles are filled, and tending to any details and changes that frequently come up. During the liturgy you’ll see the verger leading the processions, escorting lectors to the lectern, and ensuring everything happens gracefully and without distraction.
The sub-deacon is one of the three Sacred Ministers at the Solemn Mass celebrated each Sunday at 11:00 am and at other special Feasts and services. The sub-deacon completes the representation of all orders of ministry of our church at the altar: the Priesthood, the Deaconate, and the Laity, assisting the priest and deacon in the celebration of the Eucharist as needed.