Τότε ο Ιησούς είπεν τούς μαθηταίς αυτού, Ει τις θέλει οπίσω μου ελθείν, απαρνησάσθω εαυτόν, και αράτω τον σταυρον αυτού, και ακολουθείτω μοι.
“Then Jesus told his disciples, ‘If any man would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.’” (Matt. 16:24)
Another term for altar servers or altar boys is the word acolyte, which comes from the Greek word ακολουθεία. As we read in the above-quoted portion of the Gospel of St. Matthew, the word acolyte and therefore the function of our young men serving in the altar implies willing sacrifice, stamina, faithfulness, and a desire to follow or accompany our Heavenly High Priest, Jesus Christ, in a journey to the foot of the cross.
If your son has reached nine (9) years of age, Fr Peter welcomes his assistance at the Sunday Divine Liturgies, Lenten and Holy Week Worship services and other feast days throughout the year.
The Ecclesiastical New Year is beginning and Fr Peter is preparing the “acolyte schedule”. Please submit the name and grade/age of your son to Father Peter to be part of the “acolyte list”. It is an honor to serve in the Holy Altar. It takes dedication, faith and love for our Lord, Jesus Christ and our Assumption Church.
The schedule is only for Sundays during the school year. For special services, Feastdays and summer Sunday services all acolytes are asked to serve when you are able to attend, we have missed seeing many of you in Church during the summer months.