• Greek: akolouthos, attendant, follower


An attendant, for subordinate duties, on the ministers officiating at a sacred rite, e.g., altar-boys; especially member of the highest of minor orders in the Latin Church. The chief duties of this office are

  • to light the candles on the altar
  • to carry them in procession and during the solemn singing of the Gospel
  • to prepare wine and water for the Sacrifice of the Mass
  • to assist the ministers at Mass and other public services of the Church

Additional Information

MLA Citation

  • “acolyte”. New Catholic Dictionary. CatholicSaints.Info. 27 November 2019. Web. 7 December 2021. <>