...I exhort you to be always dedicated and fervent in your duty. Regard it has as an honour to serve God's ministers. Most of all, be happy to serve Jesus present to the altar!

    This generous commitment of yours as altar servers often implies and even demands considerable sacrificies. Well then, accept them willingly: participate with spirit and devotion in the Masses which you serve, also offering them for the many boys and youths who unfortunately do not frequent the Church. Thus you will be little apostles, who obtain the graces of the Lord for so many souls, and prepare for yourselves a great and precious treasure in heaven.

                                                                                                - Pope John Paul II
                                                                                                  Adress to Altar Boys
                                                                                                  28 February 1987