Saint Alban's Anglican Church

Committed to sharing Christ's Commandments: To love God and to love our neighbors as ourselves, through worship, education and outreach.

What is an Acolyte

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General Acolyte Definition
In Anglican churches such as the Church of England, altar servers are called acolytes and can be of either sex and any age (although usually no younger than ten). An acolyte can assist in worship by carrying a processional cross, lighting candles, holding the Gospel book, holding candles or "torches", assisting a deacon or priest set up and clean up at the altar, swinging incense or carrying the incense boat, handing the offering plates to ushers, and many other tasks as seen fit by the priest or acolyte warden.

Acolytes commonly wear cassock-alb with girdle. A girdle is usually a twisted rope with knots on the ends which is secured round the waist; it may be white or of the liturgical colour. Wearing crosses or other special pins or symbols is the prerogative of the individual church.
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The Acolyte Appreciation System
The Acolyte Appreciation System allows the congregation to recognize the level of service each Acolyte has performed by the color of their cords that hold their crosses

 Red - 15 Services

Orange - 30 Services

Yellow - 45 Services

Green - 60 Services

Violet - 90 Services

Serving at the Altar is not merely a privilege for the Clergy, nor is it restricted to adults. Children, teens, and lay adults are called to serve as Acolytes on the Altar. Acolytes are vital members of the worship team and our communal prayer would be diminished without them.

If you are interested in becoming an Acolyte, please contact the church office at 724-325-2727.