From a reader:
Is there an upper age limit to serve as an altar “boy” at a TLM? I am a 35 year old father who converted at about age 30. I’m encouraging my six year old son to consider becoming an altar boy and I find myself wishing that I had had the chance to be an altar boy when I was his age.
The Mass we attend has quite a few young dads and I wonder if we could put together an “emeritus” crew of altar servers? I wouldn’t want to be in the regular rotation (our altar boys to a fantastic job) but I think it might be fun to serve occasionally and would really make a lasting impression on our children as to the importance of our Catholic faith.
An 80 year old Cardinal once served Mass for me.
There is no upper age limit. So long as a man can do the job decently, he can serve.
While I’m at it, the introduction of father and son serving teams can be a useful in easing altar girls out of the sanctuary. I saw this done in a parish and it was very effective.
I think it is a very good idea to get men involved in serving, especially if they are younger and thinking of a vocation to the priesthood.