The ministry of acolyting at St. Paul’s is a wonderful way for young people to serve in the Church. The ministry of acolyting is open to all young people between the ages of 8 and 18. St. Paul’s Cathedral is blessed with capable and dedicated Acolytes, who assist the Clergy in the performance of the liturgy and whose service enhances the beauty of our worship.
Acolytes perform a variety of functions. They carry torches and crosses in the processions as well as banners, streamers and flags. They assist the Clergy with the setting of the Eucharistic table. They help with hospitality and with small children.
In short, our Acolytes are central to our worship. They sense the importance of their roles and feel involved in the worshipping community. With the graduated responsibility that comes from continued service, our Acolytes generally stay involved through their teenage years. We are grateful for their service.
The Acolyte Guild’s mission is to lead the youth of St. Paul’s on a path of Christian faith, spiritual growth and loving service through their involvement as Acolytes. The Acolytes assist the clergy in St. Paul’s worship. The Guild nurtures and supports the Acolytes and affords leadership opportunities for older Acolytes.
The word "Acolyte" means "one who serves". An Acolyte serves God through his or her service in the Church. The Acolytes are instrumental in ensuring that the services meet their purpose. Acolytes aid in the worship of the other Congregation members. Acolytes are leaders in the Church through the examples they set at the Altar.
Thank you for using your talents to serve Christ and the Church.
Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms. 1 Peter 4:10 (NIV)
A Prayer for Acolytes
O God, our gracious Father:
Bless the Servers of your Church that they may so serve before your earthly altar in reverence and holiness, that they may attain, with all your saints and angels, the joy of serving you and worshipping you before your Heavenly Altar, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.