St. Martha Altar Guild

Saint Martha
Feast Day, July 29th
Patroness of Butlers, Cooks, Dietitians, Domestic Servants, Homemakers, Hotel-keepers, Housewives, Innkeepers, Laundry Workers, Servers, Single Laywomen, & Travellers.

We have a wonderful group of individuals who are dedicated to the care of the sacred altar linens on a rotational basis.  Each week, the used linens are picked up, taken home, laundered, ironed and returned to the sacristy. 

Just as the altar is a sign for us of Christ the living stone, altar cloths are used "out of reverence for the celebration of the memorial of the Lord and the banquet that gives us his body and blood." By their beauty and form they add to the dignity of the altar in much the same way that vestments solemnly ornament the priests. Such cloths also serve a practical purpose, however, in absorbing whatever may be spilled of the Precious Blood or other sacramental elements. Thus the material of altar cloths should be absorbent and easily laundered.

Care should be taken, however, that proper cleaning methods are used to preserve the beauty and life of the altar cloth. It is appropriate for those who care for sacred vessels, cloths and other instrumental of the liturgy to accompany their work with prayer.

If you are interested in serving in this special ministry, please contact Mara Martin at mmartin@stjamesapostle.com or call 770-957-5441 x101.

 Altar Linen Schedule

October - December

Please note return the linens by Saturday.

Week of:

October 1        Tuyet Nguyen
October 8        Jeanne Leonard
October 15      Char Conner
October 22      Kitty Gillette
October 29      Natalie Ferris

November 5    Tammy Gillies
November 12  Claudia Campbell
November 19  Channy O'Meara
November 26  Yong Phillippe

December 3     Anne Allen
December 10   Kim Ivey
December 17   Sue Speas
December 24   Tuyet Nguyen
December 31   Jeanne Leonard


If you are unable to take the linens, please contact
Mara Martin in the Parish Office at 957-5441x101.

 


Whatever is set aside for use in the liturgy takes on a certain sacred character both by the blessing it receives and the sacred functions it fulfills. Thus, the cloths used at the altar in the course of the Eucharistic celebration should be treated with the care and respect due to those things used in the preparation and celebration of the sacred mysteries.