There are currently nine liturgical ministries organized by students and staff: altar servers (acolytes), art and environment, eucharistic ministers, hospitality, lectors, music, sacristans, and video ministry. Each ministry shares in the worshiping experience here at LMU. Individual ministries are coordinated by student leaders, who dedicate time to training and scheduling members of the university faith community as ministers of the Mass and other Catholic liturgies. Education and leadership formation are at the forefront of our efforts. By involving students in every aspect of liturgical ministry, we have created an opportunity for them to understand and shape the sacred liturgies of the Church. All university liturgies, from the daily masses to the Baccalaureate, are student coordinated, under the direction of the Liturgy & Music staff. It is our wish that these experiences will attribute to the formation of our students as lay leaders in their home parishes, and in the greater Church.
We welcome all of the university community who wish to participate in these ministries and serve the liturgies at Loyola Marymount.
Acolytes (Altar Servers)
Formerly a minor order in the Catholic Church, today any lay man or woman can serve as an altar server. Servers assist with both the sacred mysteries of the Mass and their preparation and clean up. Servers assist the Sacristan whenever possible while anticipating the needs of each presider and liturgical element. Servers are called upon to serve on Sundays, Holy Days, and special feasts periodically throughout the school year. Most of LMU’s acolytes have recently discovered the joy that comes through the service of community in the Mass. No advance experience is necessary.
Art & Environment
Art and environment play an important role in expressing the meaningfulness of liturgy on a visual level. Ministers serve by dressing the chapels with color, light, living environment, and other elements that enhance the worship experience. Aside from creating and maintaining a constant environment for all Masses throughout out the year, some of our larger undertakings include: Advent and Christmas Masses, the Tridiuum and Easter Masses, and the LMU Baccalaureate Mass.
Extraordinary ministers of the Eucharist assist the priest in the distribution of holy communion to the faithful. All are welcome to participate as E.M.s and no prior experience is required.
Ministers of hospitality serve by welcoming and ushering members of the community during liturgies. Members of the the Belles, Crimson Circle, Gryphon Circle, Ignatians, Sursum Corda, Magis, Marians, and Creare service organizations serve as ministers of hospitality on a regular basis. To learn more, please visit the LMU Service Organizations
Thomas L. King
, Center for Service & Action
Adjunct Minister & Coordinator of Hospitality
As a lector, you have the task of making God present in the liturgy of the Word for our community. All lectors read at all university liturgies, as well as at several major Archdiocesan liturgies. We train each lector individually and all are welcome to participate in this wonderful ministry. Click here for the schedule of Sunday lectors.
Music and liturgy are inseparable. For generations, the Church has used song to cry out in praise and lament before God. The primary role of LMU music ministers is to inspire the sung prayer of the assembly. Our liturgical music ensembles draw on a rich diversity of the Church’s tradition to do this: chants and hymns, global music, music of the Taizé community and contemporary liturgical music in all its forms. Rehearsals are held on Wednesday and Sunday evenings for our primary student ensemble. There are many other ways to get involved as instrumentalists, cantors and music ministers for daily masses and other events in the life of the university. There is a place for everyone in music ministry at LMU.
The sacristans and student sacristans maintain a decades-old tradition as the caretakers of the university chapels. Along with the Head Sacristan, they oversee the day-to-day operations of the chapels and work to meet the liturgical needs of the university community. The service of the sacristan includes preparing all liturgies celebrated at LMU, serving as acolytes and extraordinary ministers when needed, ringing the bells of the clock tower, maintaining all liturgical vessels and vestments, and much more. The student sacristans also dedicate themselves to studying their ministry and the basics of Catholic liturgy.