What is an Acolyte?

The Anglican branch of the Christian Church has traditionally relied on both lay and clergy persons in conducting services of worship. Contemporary examples of lay roles include Lector, Intercessor, Lay Eucharistic Minister and Acolyte.

The word acolyte is derived from the Greek word κόλουθος (akolouthos), meaning an attendant.  Acolytes attend to certain duties in the worship service, e.g., carrying the processional cross or the smaller clergy cross, lighting candles, holding the Gospel book, holding candles or "torches", assisting a deacon or priest in set up and clean up at the altar and in general assisting with other tasks designated by the priest or deacon.  A link to the Acolyte Customary describing the activities associated with role in more detail is located on this page.

Acolytes at St. John the Divine are assigned to a specific team. Each team serves on a rotation.  Typically an acolyte will serve once or twice a month. Each team has an adult Acolyte Advisor who supports the team captain in preparing and serving on Sunday mornings.

To serve you must be 12 years of age or entering the 7th grade.  If you’re interested in becoming an acolyte contact the Rev. Greg Buffone, .