Acolyte, from “to follow”; and here, to follow as a server or ministrant; a name given to the highest of the four minor orders. It is the duty of the acolyte to supply wine and water and to carry the lights at the Mass; and the bishop ordains him for these functions by putting the cruets and a candle into his hand, accompanying the action with words indicating the nature of the office conferred.
- Father James J McGovern. “acolyte”. . CatholicSaints.Info. 11 January 2016. Web. 23 February 2017. <>