DID YOU KNOW? The word "acolyte" comes from the Greek word "akolouthos" which means a servant or attendant who waits on another. The Acolyte ministry originated from Old Testament times.
The Scriptures tell us of the prophet Samuel assisting Eli the priest and of Eli being assisted by Elisha. The New Testament illustrates early Christian adoption of this custom, which has been carried forward to the present day. The Acolyte assists priests and deacons so that worshipers may celebrate the Holy Eucharist and other rites of the Church with simple dignity. In fact, the Book of Common Prayer states, "At all celebrations of the Liturgy, it is fitting that the principal celebrant...be assisted by other priests, and by deacons and lay persons." The preceding is taken, with permission from the Burton Parish Episcopal Church in Williamsburg, VA.
At St. Luke's we have a small, but active acolyte guild. We serve at the Sunday Morning services as well as special occasions such as Christmas, Easter or whenever requested.