An acolyte is an individual who performs an essential ministry in our worship services. The term acolyte comes from a Greek verb that means, “to follow”. The acolyte assists the priest or bishop in a number of significant ways during the celebrations of the liturgy or service of worship.
Acolytes carry torches in procession in and out of the church, and as part of the solemn reading of the Gospel for the day. They assist in preparing the altar for the celebration of the Eucharist or Holy Communion, and perform other functions that allow the service to run smoothly and with dignity.
Acolytes enjoy a unique perspective on the unfolding of the worship experience by being intimately involved with many aspects of the service and sit close to the altar with the other ministers. An acolyte can be a man or a woman, or any child or teen that is capable of performing the duties outlined above. Training is provided and acolytes are scheduled on a rotating basis once they are accustomed to the routine and feel confident in their roles. If you would like to serve in this capacity, contact the parish office and we’ll get you started. 970- 586-4504.