The Greeter is the vanguard of the Sunday Mass. It is the Greeter who is the first ambassador of the parish that the faithful will meet upon arriving at Mass. In the ancient Church, the gathering of the worshipping community was a rite unto itself. Today, it is this individual who greets the People of God as they arrive for the liturgy; a welcoming, pleasant reception is perhaps the most fundamental ministry we have and certainly the most basic way of communicating the Good News of our faith. St. Paul, in fact, makes a point to the Corinthian Christians that showing hospitality and fraternity to one another is an essential component of their celebration of the Eucharist. The Greeter should be warm, convivial, both proactively hospitable and approachable, and helpful to everyone who comes to praise the Lord with us, especially those who are worshipping with us for the first time. “Do not neglect hospitality,” we read in Hebrews 13, “for through it some have entertained angels unawares.”

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