Blog Index
The journal that this archive was targeting has been deleted. Please update your configuration.
Navigation

Adult Education
Altar Guild
Altar Servers
Anglicans for Life
AniMeals
Children’s Education
Choir
Episcopal Church Women
First Communion and Confirmation
Giving
Refugee Ministries
Walsingham Prayer Group

 

Altar Servers

In the Anglican communion, serving as an acolyte is a long-standing tradition, and one that we at St. Paul’s uphold with the greatest honor and respect. Also, this service is supported within Holy Scripture, the Old Testament in particular; the prophets Samuel and Elisha assisted the Levite priest Eli. And in the New Testament, the disciples assisted Jesus and, in turn, were assisted by others.

The term “acolyte” is derived from the word “akolouthos,” which is the ancient Greek word for an attendant or helper.

At our Sunday Masses, where we offer the sacrifice of the Holy Mass, our acolytes and servers assist our rector, Fr. John Heschle, with a wide variety of functions such as carrying the processional cross, lighting candles, holding the Gospel book, carrying candles ("torches"), swinging incense (as the Thurifer), carrying the incense “boat,” handing the offering plates to the ushers, ringing the bells during the Canon, and many other tasks.

This parish is gifted with a dedicated staff of men and boys, all committed to serving this holy function with distinction, grace, and great humility; and realize that it is a privilege to serve at God’s altar.