For many years, the Church has provided children with an opportunity to participate in the celebration of Mass by serving at the altar. At Medhane Alem Ge'ez Rite Eritrean Catholic Church, adults are called upon also to participate in the celebration of Mass by serving at the altar. While serving at the altar is integral to the Christian formation of all young people seeking a rich relationship with our Lord, both children and adults learn the sacredness of the Liturgy of the Word and the Liturgy of the Eucharist.
All servers should be mature enough to understand their responsibilities and to carry them out well and with appropriate reverence. They should have already received Holy Communion for the first time and normally receive the Eucharist whenever they participate in the liturgy.
Since the role of server is integral to the normal celebration of the Mass, at least one server should assist the priest. On Sundays and other more important occasions, two or more servers should be employed to carry out the various functions normally entrusted to these ministers.