Servers are expected to attend Church on a regular basis, whether
on the serving schedule or not.
Sunday football practice is not an
excuse, nor a justification, nor a means of grace.
Servers must participate in the Holy Mystery of Confession on a
regular basis. Self-discipline should
take place only under the advice of the Dean, and preferably with a close
Serving at the Altar is a privilege and an honour. All actions,
movements, assignments and duties must reflect this attitude. No spitting, swearing or unauthorised genuflecting.
Do not pick your nose.
We must all remember we are in the Presence of the Canon Precentor
when we are in Church. All actions, movements, assignments and duties must
Be aware that the security cameras will record every
When you are unable to attend any Divine Service that you are
scheduled for; you are expected to contact the Serving Team Leader as soon as
you know so he can schedule a replacement.
You will not receive your
quarterly Voucher for a free 3-course meal in the Refectory if you miss more than 2
services in ten weeks.
Shirts must have collars; remove your ties. Turtlenecks are good;
especially for Great Lent (black).
Caftans are out. As are
combat fatigues, naval uniforms (all ranks), deep-sea diving equipment, and
Mothers' Union badges.
Dark shoes must be worn; no athletic footwear. Shoes should be
laced up and tied. During summer months sandals are acceptable only with dark
No flip-flops or deck shoes. No steel-toecap boots.
No flashing lights.
Underwear is to be fresh daily, and whilst Y-fronts, boxers and
briefs are acceptable, thongs, backless and other styles are not allowed.
Unannounced spot-checks may be made at any time. Athletic supports may
only be worn for medical reasons. Cricket boxes are only allowed if
the wearer is playing for one of the teams in the Diocesan Cricket Cup
immediately after Divine service.
A fresh handkerchief should be carried;
especially when serving at a celebration in the Mandylion chapel.
Servers should not adorn themselves
i.e.: earrings; bracelets; cologne; eau-de-toilette,
Mohican or gel-spiked hair
styles. The alb and girdle is your adornment.
Nothing is to be
pierced. No earlobe-stretching rings.
Even when not serving the dress and behaviour code must be adhered
to by all servers. The only exception is when attending the Annual Outing
to Bognor Regis. Then casual clothes should be worn. ("Casual"
does not include bondage trousers, string vests, knotted handkerchiefs or
T-shirts with explicit sexual logos.)
All change of vestments or clothing must be done in the Vestry and
not behind the High altar, in the Lady chapel, on the stairs to the Chained
Library or in the West porch.
"Tread lightly! Walk softly." Servers are to stand
transparently; meaning no movement and no noise making. Do not eat baked beans or garlic the night
before a service.
No talking in the Sanctuary unless absolutely necessary,
eg: when Father sets his chasuble alight with the altar
candle, or if one of the priests dies during a sermon.
When Father crosses himself and bows all servers do the same, even
if it is not at a liturgically-approved point in the service.
Father sways from side to side, do not attempt to copy him.
During the psalms everyone must stand absolutely still and silent. Do not attempt to sing – it puts the choir
Eating and Drinking are forbidden in the Sanctuary and the Vestry
at all times, even on Feast days. It is
very difficult to get beetroot stains out of the fair linen.
No singing by servers in the Sanctuary. Only ordained Clergy are
permitted to sing in this central place. Do not sing along with the Clergy. Do not sing other popular words to well-known
hymns. Do not mutter “asides” when
hackneyed choruses are announced.
Do not sway to the music, tap your
feet or whistle a merry tune.
Everyone should enter the church through the nave, or at the very
least, one of the church doors. Venerate
Icons, put up candles, etc., before entering the Sanctuary. Do not bring your own private article of
devotion into the service with you.
Soft toys may be blessed at the
communion rail only when brought by children aged 5 years and younger.
Upon entering the Sanctuary all servers should bow to the Holy
Table in the following fashion: Three Full Prostrations; except Saturdays;
Sundays; Friday and Saturday Night Services; or when there is an “R” in the
month. At those services three
Reverences are to be performed. (Reverences: cross yourself and bow from the
waist.) Reverences are also done the
seven weeks between Easter and Pentecost, on Oak Apple Day (May 29th)
and on the cathedral Patronal Festivals.
Everyone should arrive for Liturgy before the start of the first
hymn and at least 15 minutes before the scheduled start of the sermon. Latecomers will be made to stand in the corner.
All Preparations must be done before the service starts.
Halfway through the Sursum Corda is not the time to be adjusting the
positioning of the cruet.
Absolutely NO CLEANING is to be carried out during Divine Service.
No removal of hard wax from altar cloths, floors, chairs, garments or ears.
No attention to guttering candles by pushing the hot wax into the gully.
No scraping of tables,
flicking of bat droppings, or throwing of paper darts during any liturgy.
Once in the Sanctuary no one is to leave! Go to the toilet before the service begins.
Or bring a bottle.
The Priest's door in the Sanctuary should remain closed and locked during all Services.
When the Wenchoster County Fire Officer is carrying out his annual Safety Inspection,
the cupboard in the Vestry where the fire extinguishers are stored is to be
No-one is to remain in the closet.
The box of matches should be taken out to the server responsible
for lighting the candles as soon as all of them have been placed in the
candlesticks and had their wicks trimmed.
The Welcome Verger on duty will send in a piece of paper with the number
of people in the congregation immediately after the Gospel Reading.
This is to be given to the server responsible for the hosts.
On Maundy Thursday, when white bread is used for the Holy
Mysteries, one server should go to the Refectory and defrost the required
number of slices, (1 slice = 20 communicants). They are to do this quickly so the celebrant
does not consecrate an empty ciborium. If the celebrant runs out of the Holy Body half-way along the 8th rail of
communicants, one of the servers should go and fetch another couple of slices. If all the servers are
busy, request the assistance of one of
the Vergers who is not guiding late-comers to empty seats to do it for you.
Quickly. (This is the only time a Verger may leave the body of the church
during a service).
Servers must clean all flagons, chalices, ciboria and patens
in the Vestry, using hot water and a tot of brandy.
This must take place
immediately after the Service. Nothing leaves the Sanctuary or the Vestry
unless first cleared by the Canon Precentor.
Not even if the Buffet
supper is already being served at the Nine Bells.
During the Sermon everyone should listen and sit still and silent,
however wandering the theology. The youngest of the Servers (the boat-boy) should
sit quietly during the Sermon and may play on a hand-held computer game or read
an educational book. Servers above the
age of 12 years should listen to the Sermon. Do not pick at your spots during the Prayer of
We will use a circular path by servers on all Entrances. This
means out the North door; in the South door, down to the West end and up the
central aisle. We will use only one candle for
all Entrances except for the Great Entrance.
Entrance from the stairs
to the Chained Library is only made on Trafalgar Day (October 18th) to
commemorate the visit made by Lord Nelson to the cathedral in 1803. On
this day the Serving Team Leader may dangle a Bosun's Call (whistle) from his
girdle and walk with a swaying gait. However, the response to the
Greeting "The Lord be with you" remains either "And with thy spirit" or "And
also with you", and NOT "Hello sailor!"
Upon the completion of the Service; when leaving the Sanctuary;
all servers should acknowledge the Holy Table in the same way as when they
This does not include slipping on the polished marble if
this occurred on the way in.
Servers are not permitted to finish off what is left of the bread
and wine after Communion under any circumstance.
This is to be taken
to the Chapter House for consumption by the Dean.
Vacuuming is to be done after all the Faithful have left the
Church and not before. Several
complaints have been received from elderly matrons of the Close about seeing
various electrical appliances on their way out.