Like our Altar Guild members, the men who serve as Acolytes and Lay Readers must be appointed by the rector. Lay Readers must be licensed by the Bishop Ordinary; this license is renewed annually.
Acolytes assist the priest during Divine Worship in a variety of ways. Their most important duty is to make the responses to the prayers prayed by the priest. They also present the bread, water, and wine to the priest during the preparation for Holy Communion and light/extinguish the candles for liturgical services.
In addition to acolyte duties, Lay Readers read the lessons during Divine Worship. With permission, they may also read Morning & Evening Prayer, deliver approved sermons in the absence of a priest or deacon, and read the burial office if no ordained minister or deacon is available.
Acolytes receive ongoing training throughout the year.