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 instrumenta of the liturgy to accompany their work with prayer.

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

 Altar Linen Schedule

April - June 2018
Note: Please return linens by the following Saturday.

Week of      Name 

July 2        Anne Allen

July 9        Tuyet Nguyen

July 16      Jeanne Leonard

July 23      Kim Ivey

July 30      Char Conner

 

August 6          Sue Speas

August 13        Natalie Ferris

August 20        Claudia Campbell

August 27        Jeanne Leonard

 

September 3         Young Phillippe

September 10       Anne Allen

September 17       Kim Ivey

September 24       Sue Speas 


If you know someone who is interested in serving, please
have them contact the office so I can get them on our schedule.

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.