acolyte

Derivation

  • Greek: akolouthos, attendant, follower

Article

An attendant, for subordinate duties, on the ministers officiating at a sacred rite, e.g., altar-boys; especially member of the highest of minor orders in the Latin Church. The chief duties of this office are

  • to light the candles on the altar
  • to carry them in procession and during the solemn singing of the Gospel
  • to prepare wine and water for the Sacrifice of the Mass
  • to assist the ministers at Mass and other public services of the Church

MLA Citation

  • “acolyte”. New Catholic Dictionary. Saints.SQPN.com. 3 July 2012. Web. 21 April 2014. <http://saints.sqpn.com/acolyte/>