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Acolytes

Parish Support Worship Ministry Youth Service

Acolyte [ak-uh-lahyt]: a follower or attendant

The Acolyte ministry has its roots in the Old Testament, where the prophet Samuel is seen assisting Eli, the Levite priest, and Elisha is seen assisting Elijah the Prophet.

The first mention of acolytes was written in a letter from the Bishop of Rome to the Bishop of Antioch in the year 251. In this letter he states that in Rome at that time there were forty-two acolytes.

Some of the liturgical duties performed by our youth today came out of the acolyte ministry of the traditions practiced in the 14th century by adults in the highest of the four minor orders (Porter, Exorcist, Lector, and Acolyte), leading to the major orders (Subdeacon, Deacon, Priest, and Bishop) of ordained ministry. Many of the roles of the various orders have become duties of the laity.

St. M&M offers a rich tradition of acolyte ministry to youth and adults starting at age 10 and up. Acolytes enhance our liturgical celebrations and provide a special level of participation for all. Acolytes at St. Magdalene Episcopal Church light candles, ring the sanctus bells and assist at the altar and credence table. They are torchbearers, crucifers, and thurifers. The ministry fosters commitment, devotion, responsibility, and teamwork. A highlight is the annual Acolyte Festival at Washington National Cathedral in our nation's capital.

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