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Bishop Burbidge Celebrates Mass of Appreciation for Altar Servers

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More than 500 altar servers, family members and friends attended a Mass of Appreciation for Altar Servers celebrated by the Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge, Sunday, March 7 at St. Gabriel Church in Greenville. The Mass was the second celebrated this school year by Bishop Burbidge to recognize the altar servers for their service in liturgical celebrations. The first was held in November in Raleigh. Servers from two dozen parishes in the eastern part of the Diocese took part in the Greenville celebration.

In expressing his gratitude for their dedicated service, Bishop Burbidge told them of the trust God places in them by granting them the privilege of serving at the altar.  Noting the First Reading of the day, the Bishop encouraged them to respond as Moses did when he said, “Here I am, Lord.”

“That response,” the Bishop said, “shows your commitment to give all that you have to the Lord when you serve.”

Bishop Burbidge presented each of the servers with a crucifix as a sign of appreciation, and also as a reminder “that all who wish to serve Christ will also at times be asked to carry His cross.”

Following Mass, the attendees were treated to a reception.