The Acolytes are young men between the ages of 8 and 18, who are called to assist the priest during the Divine Liturgy on Sundays as well as other sacred services during major Feast days. It requires a great deal of dedication on behalf of both the young men, as well as from their parents who transport them to church. This is a most sacred ministry of the Orthodox Church.
Acolytes are asked to arrive properly dressed (i.e. a white or light colored dress shirt, a tie, dress pants, and dress shoes) on time for the service. The Divine Liturgy begins at 10 am, so plan to be at church by 9:45 am.
Acolytes should prepare themselves to receive Holy Communion as often as possible. As Christians we prepare by fasting on the appropriate days (i.e. Wednesdays and Fridays and/or throughout other festal periods) as well as limiting our thoughts, words, and actions to only those things that glorify God. We also fast completely on Sunday morning, not eating or drinking anything until we receive Holy Communion.
Serving in the Holy Sanctuary is a privilege. These young men have shown responsibility and dedication to the Lord and His Church. The Acolytes assist the priest under the supervision of Daniel Shipman.