Acolytes serve in the liturgy to assist the congregation in worship.
- Minimum age: 11 years
- Must be available to serve at least two liturgies per month.
- Must have sufficient understanding of the liturgy to be able to fully participate in the flow of worship.
- Acolytes under age 17 must have parental support for this ministry, especially for arriving on time and selection of appropriate shoes and clothing.
- Communicate availability to acolyte director by the date requested, normally the 15th of each month for the following month.
- If unable to serve when scheduled, to find a substitute and report changes to parish office.
- Arrive 15 minutes prior to the liturgy rested and prepared to serve and wearing appropriate shoes and clothing.
- Light candles in the sanctuary in a reverent manner; light torches in narthex in preparation for entrance procession.
- Must be able to serve confidently as either torch bearer or banner bearer.
- It is normally the responsibility of the banner bearer to ring the bell prior to worship and to close the gates at communion time. In the absence of a banner bearer, one of the torchbearers must assume these responsibilities.
- All liturgical ministers are expected to be attentive in mind, body, and spirit during worship and to always be aware of one’s posture and its impact on the congregation.
- Attend Acolyte meetings as scheduled.