Acolytes / Servers

“For the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve,
and to give his life a ransom for many.”

Servers (Acolytes) are adults and children trained to assist the priest during the service and to lead the procession into and out of the church.

The term acolyte comes from the Greek word akolouthos, meaning “follower” or “attendant” The ministry of acolytes exists at the heart of our worship services. The ministry itself, the vestments, the titles, and the duties they perform in assisting a priest to prepare for Holy Eucharist are directly tied to almost two thousand years of history.

Acolytes perform a variety of duties that support the worship service and assist the priest to celebrate the Eucharist and guide worship. Some of those duties include:

  • Torchbearers – carries lighted candles to highlight the processional cross and the gospel reading.
  • The Crucifer – carries the processional cross.
  • The Server – assists the priest in preparing the Holy Eucharist.
  • The Thurifer – carries the thurible (incense vessel) in processions and for the Eucharist and censes as directed by the priest.

The primary duty of an acolyte is to serve God and the Church, and to assist the priest in whatever way he or she needs or prefers.

We encourage your participation. If you are eight years of age or older and are interested in joining this ministry or learning more about the ministry of acolytes, please contact the Acolyte / Server’s Director by completing the In-Reach Ministries Information Request Form and checking the appropriate ministry.