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On Sunday, May 8, 2016 we honor and celebrate our ministry of Acolytes. We also induct two new young people into this ministry. Check out the service bulletin.
The Acolyte Way: Notes and Reflections on the ministry and witness of the Order of Acolytes
by the Rev. Bruce Campbell
On May 13, 2015 we honored and celebrated the ministry of acolytes inducting 16 youth into the Order of Acolytes and presented each a cross to wear as a sign of their vows. One acolyte commented there were “a lot of words to digest” when Priest Lisa asked if they were willing and ready to commit themselves to this important ministry. So, just in case you missed it going by, here are some of those words... more
Episcopal acolytes are young people, typically teenagers, who have been asked to assist with services in the Episcopal Church. The word “acolyte” is derived from the word “akolouthos,” which is the ancient Greek word for an attendant or helper.
Acolytes are responsible for lighting the candles prior to the start of church services. During some periods of religious observance, such as Advent, Christmas, and Lent, special candles may join those normally on the altar. For weddings, baptisms and funerals, as well as the entire Easter season, acolytes will light the Paschal candle. This candle must be lit before all other candles and extinguished after the rest of the altar candles have been snuffed.
When beginning and ending Episcopal services, acolytes have several significant duties. The first acolyte, known as the crucifier, carries a long staff topped with a cross. Two acolytes known as torchbearers walk two steps behind the crucifier and carry mounted candles. After proceeding down the aisle, acolytes will place these objects in their proper stands, retrieving them and exiting in the same order during the recessional.
Acolytes serve at the altar as either luminaries (candle-bearers) or crucifers (cross-bearers) during services. This is an excellent ministry opportunity for young people in middle and high school. Training is provided.
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