someone who assists a priest or minister in a liturgical service; a cleric ordained in the highest of the minor orders in the Roman Catholic Church but not in the Anglican Church or the Eastern Orthodox Churches
The Acolytes assists the ordained and licensed ministers at worship services. Their responsibilities include lighting the altar candles, carrying the candles in procession, preparing the wine ands water for the Mass, and assisting the Sacred Ministers in Mass. Acolytes include the Banner Bearer, Flag Bearer, Clergy Crucifer, Torch Bearer, Thurifer, Servers, Altar Boys, and Altar Girls.
("[email protected] is presumed) â€“ a liturgical minister permanently installed by the Bishop, to assist at liturgical celebrations and in preparing people for the Sacraments. Priests and deacons receive this ministry during their time of formation before they are ordained. Lay men not preparing for Holy Orders may also be installed in the ministry of acolyte through a rite of institutional blessing. (GIRM 100, CCC 903, 1672)
A term specifically applied to one who carries a torch or a candle in processions and at other times during the liturgy. This term is also commonly interchanged with server. Originally a minor clerical order but now usually a lay function in the church.