Special Blessing for New Altar Boys


Hello everyone,

I was wondering if anyone knows if there is a special blessing for new altar boys, specifically one that can be used in the context of the Mass. I have not been able to look myself and the priest at my parish was not certain. If anyone has knowledge of this, will you please let me know?

Much thanks! :thumbsup:



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Hello everyone,

I was wondering if anyone knows if there is a special blessing for new altar boys, specifically one that can be used in the context of the Mass. I have not been able to look myself and the priest at my parish was not certain. If anyone has knowledge of this, will you please let me know?

Much thanks! :thumbsup:



You could check with the Book of Blessings.


11. The Order for the Blessing of Altar Servers, Sacristans, Musicians, and Ushers (Book of Blessings, nos. 1847-1870) may be used before servers first begin to function in this ministry.


Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee.

Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb Jesus.

Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death.


Our Father who art in Heaven, hallowed be thy name.

Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread.

And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us.

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.



I am not sure about the Roman liturgy. It is very common among the Eastern and Oriental Churches to bless anyone who enters into the “Holy of Holies” / Sanctuary /etc. that is not at least ordained to a Minor Order.

This is an example of the rite for the Admission of an Altar Boy to the Altar from a West Syriac perspective:


Hearken, Lord in Thy mercy And hear our prayers and pleas Accept these supplications
And be pleased in them, O Lord!

Deacon: Barekmor. Stoumen Kalos.
People: Kurielaison
Bishop: Let us all pray and beseech the Lord for grace and mercy.
People: O Merciful Lord, have mercy upon us and help us.
Bishop: Glory and Thanksgiving, praise and adoration, and exaltation unceasing, truly at all times and at all hours, may we ascribe unto Thee, O Lord!


Glory be to God, Father, Son and the Holy Spirit, who accepts those who repent, who forgives those who are fallen in sin, who makes just men out of sinners, and who wipes away the failings of those who repent and turn back to Thee. Lord, by Thy mercy, sanctify these Thy sons who have approached Thy presence to bear the joyful yoke of your service. Strengthen them to obey your commandments, for Thou alone art the good and merciful Lord. To Thee be glory and honor and worship at this time when your servants are received for this office, and at all times and seasons and hours, and all the days of our lives.

People: Amen.


Thou compassionate and merciful Lord, it is Thy Will that all creation must be redeemed. Thou hast spread the wings of Thy mercy over everything. Thou art merciful towards everything. Lord, bless your servants who have turned and come to Thee for bearing Thy yoke joyfully on their shoulders, bowing their head and submitting themselves unto Thee. Lord, protect them, sanctify them and have mercy
upon them. They desire the blessed share of Thy dwelling place. Therefore, Lord, we pray unto Thee, by Thy mercy, remove all their transgressions; wipe away all their misdeeds, willful or otherwise. Give them the strength to offer themselves as a sacrifice in perfect holiness. Adorn them in holy life and in the fullness of love for Thee. Make them worthy of the wisdom of Thy prophets; make them worthy of the sanctity of your Apostles; make them worthy of the courage of your martyrs. Lord, join them to the company of Thy saints, with the fullness of virtue, which they may gain from all these. Lead them to the light, which is the fruit of the observance of your commandments. Give them the strength to trample upon all sinful thoughts, feelings, and events. Enable them to sever themselves form all harmful emotions. Protect them from the snares and oppositions of the devil. Save them from the temptations and deceits of evil men. Redeem them from all sorts of sins. May Thy right hand strengthen them, so that they may take on all enemies. May they come out victorious and glorify Thy Holy Name. May they glorify Thee in all things, activities and relationships, in sleep as in wakefulness. May they dedicate themselves and live for Thee. Nurture them to minister unto Thee at all times. May they become the instruments of Thy glory. As we dedicate them before Thee, may we and their family members receive blessings from Thee. To Thee, we lift up glory and honor, praise and thanksgiving, now and always forever and ever.

People: Amen.

Bishop: From God may we receive remission of debts and forgiveness of sins, in both worlds, forever and ever.

People: Amen.

The Bishop will lay hands on the head of the individual and pray:

In the Name of the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit, One in Essence … (Baptismal Name)
Is blessed, set apart, and sealed for serving in the Holy Madhbaha.

Deacon: Barekmor.
Bashmo - dabo, O, dabro …

Hymn chanted during the blessing of surplice and putting on of surplice:
For glory and honor of
Trinity, one in essence
Lord, make for peace in Thy Church And advancement for ever
The Bishop will bring acolytes into the altar for the very first time and the following hymn is chanted:
Blessed are those servants good
Whom their Lord shall find
Waking working when He comes to His vineyard good Girding up His – loins He serves them all
They who worked with – Him from morn till eve
God the Father makes them sit and the Son serves them Lo the Holy Paraclete plaits them victor’s crown Halleluiah – setting on their heads


The Book of Blessings approved for the USA has the ceremony "ORDER FOR THE BLESSING OF ALTAR SERVERS, SACRISTANS, MUSICIANS AND USHERS". The introduction includes:
"1848 Among the liturgical ministries exercised by lay persons are those of altar server (acolyte), sacristan, musician, and usher (or minister of hospitality). ...
"1850 This order may be used during Mass or in a celebration of the word of God.
1851 This blessing is normally given by the pastor. If necessary, he may delegate another priest or deacon to give the blessing."

The Latin edition of the Book of Blessings does not include this ceremony. I do not know of it having received approval for anywhere beside the USA.

Another ceremony is the institution of acolytes. Only men can be instituted as acolytes. A man requires it before ordination as deacon, which is required before ordination as a priest. It can be used in any country. From the Introduction for this ceremony "1. The bishop or the major superior of a clerical religious institute carries out the institution of acolytes, within Mass." (From The Rites, Volume 2, Liturgical Press, 1991, page 107).


Denho, that is absolutely beautiful. thank you for posting it.


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