Welcoming new boys to serving the Lord at His Holy Altar!
The term used for the boys who serve in this unique ministry is “acolyte,” which means “assistant.” These boys have the privilege to serve in the priestly ministry of Jesus Christ by assisting His Apostolic representative in the person of the Parish Priest. The acolyte ministry is seen clearly in the Old Testament of the Holy Bible, where the prophet Samuel is seen assisting Eli, the Levite priest, and Elisha is seen assisting Elijah the Prophet. In the New Testament, the ministry is seen in the choosing of deacons to serve the Church.
Boys of at least nine but there is no upper limit on the age (there have been men in their late 80s serving), and often into their college years, when they switch to wearing the black cassocks. This is a wonderful experience for the boys. They experience the Liturgy in a very personal way, as boys need action and work to grow spiritually. This growth experience teach responsibility, discipline and develop leadership. They are visible to the Church as faithful and future leaders and they do whatever else is needed to keep the services and the sacristy running smoothly.
Fr. Alexander Lukashonok