Altar Servers

“Holy, holy, holy, Lord Sabaoth,
heaven and earth are filled with Your glory.”

This icon depicts an altar with servers around it.  Those servers are Angels.

When we celebrate the Divine Liturgy, we human altar servers gather around an altar as well.

The words of the Divine Liturgy service and the experience of saints teach us that when we celebrate the Divine Liturgy we join and participate with the worship that is constantly occurring around the throne of God.  We and the Angels are worshiping and serving the Holy Trinity together.  The words of the Liturgy explicitly describe Angels joining with us, and us joining with them.  During this special time, we see heaven and earth overlapping and both filled with God’s glory.  This is astonishing!

Here are prayers from the Divine Liturgy:

At the Little Entrance:

    O Master, Lord our God, who hast appointed in heaven orders and hosts of angels and archangels for the service of Thy glory . Grant that with our entrance there may be an entrance of holy angels, serving with us and glorifying Thy goodness.

At the Great Entrance:

    Let us who mystically represent the Cherubim, and who sing the thrice-holy hymn to the life-creating Trinity, now lay aside all earthly cares. That we may receive the King of All, who comes invisibly upborne by the angelic hosts. Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

And then finally during the Anaphora:

    …though there stand by Thee thousands of archangels and hosts of angels, the Cherubim and the Seraphim, six- winged, many-eyed, who soar aloft, borne on their pinions singing the triumphant hymn, shouting, proclaiming and saying: Holy! Holy! Holy! Lord of Sabaoth! Heaven and earth are full of Thy glory! Hosanna in the highest! Blessed is He that comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!
    With these blessed powers, O Master who lovest mankind, we also cry aloud and say: Holy art Thou and all-holy, Thou and Thine only-begotten Son and Thy Holy Spirit! Holy art Thou and all holy, and magnificent is Thy glory!

What an amazing blessing and honor it is to worship our Creator and Savior in such a way.