To all lectors, altar servers, cantors, choir members, EMHC, and all those who are involved with the flow of the Mass that have to be up on the Sanctuary or at least in front of the whole congregation, does anyone else get scared being in front of everyone? I altar serve and when I’m scheduled to serve, my stomach knots sometimes, and don’t get me wrong, I LOVE serving, but when I have to get in front of everyone, I get nervous/anxious/or scared. Does anyone else know how to calm down? Usually when I have to serve it’s the early Sunday morning Mass, and it seems like right when I wake up I’m the most nervous, maybe because I’m not fully awake or what, but it just scares me more in the morning hours because I feel like I’m not in control of myself. Any tips on how to calm down?
P.S. It’s worse when they have to come out and get me to serve when someone who’s on the schedule doesn’t show up. That makes me more nervous because I don’t have time to be nervous!