[quote="JD27076, post:6, topic:294978"]
Well I'm 15 in high school and discerning the priesthood intently...So I was just making sure they consume it, because the priest is busy dispersing communion rather to make sure they consume it.
An altar servers job is to unite himself spiritually with the priest, keep his eyes on the preist and serve the priest's needs so that the priest can better pray the Mass. To the extent that you do anything, rendering service to the priest needs to be the goal.
Adding dignity and reverence to the Mass is a secondary goal, and you do that by your presence, dress, postures and gestures.
Here is what I do during communion.
After I recieve and pray for a moment, I get a purificator from the creedence table and stand behind the priest, a little to the side, and try not to draw attention to myself. I stand there with a purificator in case any of the Precious Blood spills or in case someone happens to spit up a half chewed host. I mostly watch the chalices in case there is a spill, and also try to keep myself avialable to the priest in case he needs something.
As the line dwindles, I retreat to the creedence table, put the purificator down and get the water and bowl for the priest's fingers and so that he can purifiy the vessels - our priest's purify the vessels at the altar during weekday Masses. By the time the priest gets to the altar with the remaining hosts and the chalices are brought to the altar, I am there with the water, bowl and towel, waiting off to the side - available but out of the way, like a good busboy in a fancy restaurant, ready to serve.
I train both adult and children altar servers. The two primary thing I try to impress upon them is the dignity, reverence and honor of their position and that they are there to serve the priest. Everything they do has to be ordered to adding dignity and reverence to the Mass and service to the priest.
Personally, and you should ask your priest, I think your priest is best served by being available for him. I think a spill from the chalice is more likely than someone walking away with a host. The one time there was a spill, I put the purificator on it and stood/knelt there praying until after the Mass, so that no one stepped on our Lord, until someone could come and clean it properly. But that is my opinion.
Ask your priest how you can best serve him. Your job is to be a servant.