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Altar servers enjoy Mass and a barbecue in Norwich

Altar servers from across the Diocese of East Anglia gathered with their families for a special Mass celebrated by Bishop Alan Hopes on Saturday (June 29) at St John’s Cathedral in Norwich.

The Votive Mass was for St Stephen, the first martyr of the Christian church, and the patron saint of altar servers, who came from Norwich, Cambridge and Peterborough to attend.

In his homily, Bishop Alan said: “As we serve at the altar, God will draw us close to himself. Our serving will become a work of love and will enrich the celebration of the Mass and the lives of those who come to it.

“God might be calling some of you to think about a vocation in the heart of the church – as a priest, as a religious nun or monk. Many of our priests will tell you that they started off life as altar servers. If you think God is calling you then respond to him with generosity.”

“As altar servers, let us be people of faith and strong followers of Jesus; let us be people who have responded to God’s call willingly and generously; let us be people who are great witnesses to Jesus Christ.”

After Mass the altar servers and their families enjoyed a barbecue in the grounds of the Cathedral Narthex.

Click here or on the image below to see a full picture gallery of the Mass. You are free to download copies of the pictures for your own use from the Flickr gallery.


Altar Servers Mass, St John's Cathedral, Norwich, June 19