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This article is about religious acolytes. For other uses, see Acolyte (disambiguation). Various Religious symbols, including (first row) Christian, Jewish, Hindu, Bahai, (second row) Islamic, tribal, Taoist, Shinto (third row) Buddhist, Sikh, Hindu, Jain, (fourth row) Ayyavazhi, Triple Goddess, Maltese cross, pre-Christian Slavonic Religion is the adherence to codified beliefs and rituals that generally involve a faith in a spiritual... Acolyte can mean any of the following: In a religious sense, a rank in the clergy In a secular sense, a devoted follower or attendant Acolyte, Inc. ...


In many Christian denominations, an acolyte refers to anyone who performs ceremonial duties such as lighting altar-candles. In other Christian Churches, the term is more specifically used for one who wishes to attain clergyhood. List of Christian denominations ordered by historical and doctrinal relationships. ... Look up Altar in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... For other uses, see Candle (disambiguation). ... Clergy is the generic term used to describe the formal religious leadership within a given religion. ...


Etymology

The word acolyte is derived from the Greek word akolouthos, meaning companion, attendant, or helper. The Acolyte ministry has its roots in the Old Testament of the Holy Bible, where the prophets Samuel and Elisha are seen assisting Eli, the Levite priest.[1] Note: Judaism commonly uses the term Tanakh to refer to its canon, which corresponds to the Protestant Old Testament. ... The Bible (From Greek βιβλια—biblia, meaning books, which in turn is derived from βυβλος—byblos meaning papyrus, from the ancient Phoenician city of Byblos which exported papyrus) is the sacred scripture of Christianity. ... Samuel or Shmuel (Hebrew: שְׁמוּאֵל, Standard Tiberian ) is an important leader of ancient Israel in the Book(s) of Samuel in the Hebrew Bible. ... Elisha (Hebrew: , Standard  Tiberian  ; My God is salvation) is a Biblical prophet. ... Eli (Hebrew: עֵלִי, Standard Tiberian  ; Ascent) was, according to the Books of Samuel, the name of a priest of Shiloh, and one of the last Israelite Judges before the rule of kings in ancient Israel. ... In the Jewish tradition, a Levite (לֵוִי Attached, Standard Hebrew , Tiberian Hebrew ) is a member of the Hebrew tribe of Levi. ...


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Main article: Altar server

In the Eastern Orthodox Church and Eastern Catholic Churches, the nearest equivalent of acolyte is the altar server. At one time there was a rank of minor clergy called the taper-bearer responsible for bearing lights during processions and liturgical entrances. However, this rank has long ago been subsumed by that of the reader and the service for the tonsure of a reader begins with the setting-aside of a taper-bearer. An altar server is a lay assistant to a member of the clergy during a religious service. ... Topics in Christianity Movements · Denominations Ecumenism · Preaching · Prayer Music · Liturgy · Calendar Symbols · Art · Criticism Important figures Apostle Paul · Church Fathers Constantine · Athanasius · Augustine Anselm · Aquinas · Palamas · Luther Calvin · Wesley Arius · Marcion of Sinope Coptic Orthodox Pope · Roman Catholic Pope Archbishop of Canterbury · Patriarch of Constantinople Christianity Portal This box:      Faith... The Eastern Catholic Churches are autonomous particular Churches in full communion with the Pope of Rome. ... A procession (via Middle English processioun, French procession, derived from Latin, processio, itself from procedere, to go forth, advance, proceed) is, in general, an organized body of people advancing in a formal or ceremonial manner. ... In Eastern Orthodoxy, an entrance is a liturgical movement from one part of the sanctuary to another. ... In some Christian churches, the Reader is responsible for reading aloud excerpts of the scripture at a liturgy. ... Tonsure is the practice of some Christian churches of cutting the hair from the scalp of clerics as a symbol of their renunciation of worldly fashion and esteem. ...


The functions of an acolyte or taper-bearer are therefore carried out by readers, subdeacons, or by non-tonsured men or boys who are not infrequently called "acolytes" informally. Also, the term "altar-boys" is often used to refer to young altar servers. Subdeacons wear their normal vestments consisting of the sticharion and crossed orarion; readers and servers traditionally wear the sticharion alone. Subdeacon is a title used in various branches of Christianity. ... An altar server is a lay assistant to a member of the clergy during a religious service. ... The sticharion is a liturgical vestment of the Eastern Orthodox Church, roughly analogous to the dalmatic or tunicle of the Roman Catholic Church. ... The Orarion is the distinguishing vestment of the deacon in the Eastern Orthodox Church. ...


In recent times, however, in many of the North American Greek Orthodox Churches, for the sake of uniformity, readers have been permitted to wear the orarion (The Bishop presents the reader, who is to serve on the altar, with the orarion). Readers do not cross the orarion while wearing it, the uncrossed orarion being intended to slightly distinguish a reader from a subdeacon.


In the Russian tradition, readers wear only the sticharion, and do not wear the orarion unless they have been specially blessed to by their bishop. (This might be done if a reader must occasionally serve in the role of a subdeacon, or for some other reason the bishop believes is fitting.) If a server has not been tonsured, he must remove the sticharion before he can receive Holy Communion.


In the early church, a taper-bearer was not permitted to enter the sanctuary, only a subdeacon or above was allowed to go in. Nowadays, however, servers are permitted to go in, but they are not permitted either to touch the Holy Table or the Table of Oblation. Look up Altar in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... It has been suggested that Altar of Prothesis be merged into this article or section. ...


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In Anglican churches such as The Episcopal Church in the US or The Church of England, altar servers are called acolytes and can be of any gender or age (usually 10 and up). Anglicanism commonly refers to the beliefs and practices of the Anglican Communion, the churches that are in full communion with the see of Canterbury. ... This article is about the Episcopal Church in the United States. ... Motto: (traditional) In God We Trust (official, 1956–present) Anthem: The Star-Spangled Banner Capital Washington, D.C. Largest city New York City Official language(s) None at the federal level; English de facto Government Federal Republic  - President George W. Bush (R)  - Vice President Dick Cheney (R) Independence - Declared - Recognized... The Church of England logo since 1998 The Church of England is the officially established Christian church[1] in England, and acts as the mother and senior branch of the worldwide Anglican Communion, as well as a founding member of the Porvoo Communion. ... An altar server is a lay assistant to a member of the clergy during a religious service. ...


An acolyte can assist in worship by carrying a processional cross, lighting candles, holding the Gospel book, holding candles or "torches", assisting a deacon or priest set up and clean up at the altar, swing incense or carry the incense boat, hand the offering plates to ushers, and many other tasks as seen fit by the priest or acolyte warden. Deacon is a role in the Christian Church which is generally associated with service of some kind, but which varies among theological and denominational traditions. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Look up Altar in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...


The acolytes wear robes that differentiate them from the clergy, the lay Eucharistic ministers, or the choir, although they may appear quite similarly dressed. These robes can be called albs, cassocks, cottas or a combination of those items. The robe belt worn by many is called a cincture, and frequently reflects the color of the liturgical seasons. It is generally a twisted rope with knots on the ends and is secured around the waist. Wearing crosses or other special pins or symbols is the prerogative of the individual church. Clergy is the generic term used to describe the formal religious leadership within a given religion. ... ALB is a three-letter abbreviation may refer to: Albumin Albania, from its ISO code Albanian language, from its ISO 639 code Albany International Airport, from its IATA code Albrighton railway station, from its National Rail code Asian long-horned beetle Abraham Lincoln Brigade All-weather Life Boat Category: ... A Roman Catholic priest from Belgian Congo wearing the Roman cassock. ... An Anglican priest wearing a surplice as part of his choir dress. ... An Anglican priest wearing a white cincture around his waist to hold his alb and stole in place. ... A liturgy is the customary public worship of a religious group, according to their particular traditions. ...


Usually the acolytes are ranked as they develop their abilities to serve - Trainees, Junior Acolytes, Senior Acolytes and Acolyte of Merit.


United Methodism and Lutheranism

In the United Methodist and Lutheran traditions, acolytes participate in the worship service by carrying a processional cross, lighting the altar candles, extinguishing the altar candles, and ringing the church bell to call the congregation to worship. In these traditions, the lighting of the altar candles in the worship service is a symbol of Jesus’ coming into the presence of the worshiping community. Before the extinguishing of the last altar candles, the acolytes relight their "candle lighter" and then process out into the narthex. This symbolizes that Jesus Christ is for all people everywhere. It also symbolizes the light of Jesus Christ going out into the world where believers are called to serve.[2] Similar to those in the Anglican tradition, acolytes in these traditions wear robes called albs with a cincture. The United Methodist Church is the largest Methodist denomination, and the second-largest Protestant one, in the United States. ... The Lutheran movement is a group of denominations of Protestant Christianity by the original definition. ... Look up Altar in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Church bell from Saleby, Västergötland, Sweden containing an inscription from 1228 in the Runic alphabet A church bell is a bell which is rung in a (especially Christian) church either to signify the hour or the time for worshippers to go to church, perhaps to attend a wedding... The narthex of a church is the entrance or lobby area. ... Wikipedia does not yet have an article with this exact name. ... Anglicanism commonly refers to the beliefs and practices of the Anglican Communion, the churches that are in full communion with the see of Canterbury. ... ALB is a three-letter abbreviation may refer to: Albumin Albania, from its ISO code Albanian language, from its ISO 639 code Albany International Airport, from its IATA code Albrighton railway station, from its National Rail code Asian long-horned beetle Abraham Lincoln Brigade All-weather Life Boat Category: ... An Anglican priest wearing a white cincture around his waist to hold his alb and stole in place. ...


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Until the Second Vatican Council, the acolyte was the highest of the minor orders, having as duties the lighting of the altar-candles, carrying the candles in procession, assisting the subdeacon and deacon, and the ministering of water and wine to the priest at Mass. Acolytes wore either the alb or the surplice. While acolytes did not receive the sacrament of Holy Orders, they were considered part of the clergy, and were a required step on the way to Holy Orders. The Second Ecumenical Council of the Vatican, or Vatican II, was the twenty-first Ecumenical Council of the Roman Catholic Church. ... The minor orders are the lowest ranks in the Christian clergy. ... Subdeacon is a title used in various branches of Christianity. ... Deacon is a role in the Christian Church which is generally associated with service of some kind, but which varies among theological and denominational traditions. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... This article or section is in need of attention from an expert on the subject. ... ALB is a three-letter abbreviation may refer to: Albumin Albania, from its ISO code Albanian language, from its ISO 639 code Albany International Airport, from its IATA code Albrighton railway station, from its National Rail code Asian long-horned beetle Abraham Lincoln Brigade All-weather Life Boat Category: ... An Anglican priest wearing a surplice as part of his choir dress. ... Topics in Christianity Movements · Denominations Ecumenism · Preaching · Prayer Music · Liturgy · Calendar Symbols · Art · Criticism Important figures Apostle Paul · Church Fathers Constantine · Athanasius · Augustine Anselm · Aquinas · Palamas · Luther Calvin · Wesley Arius · Marcion of Sinope Pope · Archbishop of Canterbury Patriarch of Constantinople Christianity Portal This box:      Catholic deacon candidates prostrate before the... Clergy is the generic term used to describe the formal religious leadership within a given religion. ...


After the reforms of the minor orders in 1972, the acolyte survived but became one of two lay ministries (along with lector) instead of an order, with its conferring rite renamed from ordination to institution to emphasize this. It was still confined to men alone but was de jure now open to all men, even those not going into seminary. However, since altar servers can do just about anything an acolyte can do, very few men outside of seminary are formally instituted. The minor orders are the lowest ranks in the Christian clergy. ... In religious organizations, the laity comprises all lay persons collectively. ... In some Christian churches, the Reader is responsible for reading aloud excerpts of the scripture at a liturgy. ... Look up De jure in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... An altar server is a lay assistant to a member of the clergy during a religious service. ...


An instituted acolyte, though, does have some special faculties: he is a permanent extraordinary minister of Holy Communion and can also be entrusted with celebrating Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament. He is the only lay minister who can do the purifications of the vessels at Mass. He is given a priority to lead blessing ceremonies: "An acolyte or reader who by formal institution has this special office in the Church is rightly preferred over another layperson as the minister designated a the discretion of the local Ordinary to impart certain blessings." (Book of Blessings, Introduction, n. 18). He has priority to lead Sunday Celebrations in the Absence of a Priest, if a deacon is absent: "Those to be chosen first by the pastor are readers and acolytes who have been duly instituted for the service of the altar and the word of God. If there are no such instituted ministers available, other laypersons, men and women, may be appointed;" (Directions for Sunday Celebrations in the Absence of a Priest, 1988, n. 30). This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


Indult Catholic societies such as the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest or Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter are permitted to ordain seminarians to minor orders, including the acolytate. Indult Catholics is a term used to denote Roman Catholics who prefer to attend the Latin-language Tridentine rite of Mass as used prior to 1969 rather than the standard present-day form of the liturgy. ... The Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest (Latin: Institutum Christi Regis Summi Sacerdotis) is a society of priests in the Catholic Church that celebrates the liturgy in Latin in accordance with its constitutions and founding documents based on permissions granted by Rome. ... Father Josef Bisig, one of the founding members of the FSSP, with Pope John Paul II in Vatican City. ...


The term acolyte may also informally refer to ordinary non-instituted altar servers. An altar server is a lay assistant to a member of the clergy during a religious service. ...


References

  1. ^ Bruton Parish Episcopal Church: Acolyte Manual
  2. ^ The Woodlands United Methodist Church: What is an Acolyte?
  • John N. Wall. A Dictionary for Episcopalians. Cambridge, MA: Cowley Publications, 2000.

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