Acolytes & Crucifers

ACOLYTES AND CRUCIFERS

Children and youth ages 8 – 18 assist in the worship service by being acolytes (light the candles before the service) or crucifers (carry the cross during the processional).  There is a rotating schedule throughout the year, with each person serving 4 – 6 times per year.

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The meaning of acolytes:  The word acolyte is taken from an ancient Greek word meaning companion, attendant, or helper.  Acolytes work closely with the pastors and take part in church services to help people worship God.  The acolytes light and extinguish the candles on the altar and the Paschal candle when it is used.
crucifer is a person who carries the church’s processional cross, which is a cross with a long staff, during processions at the beginning and end of the service.  The term “crucifer” comes from the Latin meaning “cross-bearer”.
The acolyte ministry originated from Old Testament times.  Since ancient times, light and fire have reminded people that God is here with us.  Remember your Old Testament verses such as God in the burning bush, etc.   When the acolytes bring the light (fire) into the sanctuary, they are reminding people that God is with us in our worship service.
When the acolytes extinguish the candles and walk out of the sanctuary with their candle lighters, they are reminding people that we take the light and scatter it out into the world remembering that God is with us.
The Acolytes ministry provides children with a meaningful opportunity to be involved and serve in the Lord’s House as helpers and attendants in the Worship service.  The acolytes duties include lighting and extinguishing the altar candles and in assisting with the offering and other duties during the services.  The acolyte youth develops responsibility to be on time and fulfill his/her obligations.  It takes a little courage initially to stand up before the congregation and perform the duties.