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Greek Orthodox Church
Another term for an altar boy is the word acolyte, which comes from the Greek word meaning “to follow.” Therefore the function of our young men serving in the altar implies a willing sacrifice, faithfulness, and a desire to follow or accompany Fr. Evan as he leads our congregation in prayer and to the foot of the Cross of our Heavenly High Priest and Savior, Jesus Christ. This is a sacred privilege and responsibility and therefore should be regarded with the proper respect, seriousness and sincerity.
If your son has reached ten (10) years of age and has expressed an interest in becoming an acolyte, Fr. Evan welcomes his service and assistance in the altar for Sunday Divine Liturgy (on a rotating basis), for the worship services during Great Lent, Holy Week and Easter, along other important religious holidays and feast days throughout the year (eg. Christmas, Epiphany, Annunciation, Ascension, Transfiguration and the Assumption.)
Please keep in mind that service in the altar is NOT a substitute for the learning that takes place in our Sunday School classrooms. Therefore, ALL altar boys are kindly asked to register for Sunday School and to faithfully attend Sunday School on the Sundays that they are not serving in the altar.
If you’d like to register your son for altar service, please download the registration form below. You can also contact the Church Office to receive a hard copy or you can pick one up from the vestry, where the altar boy robes are kept, and submit the completed form to Fr. Evan. Please fill out a form even if your son has served in the altar previously so that the Church Office has the correct and updated contact information for all of our acolytes.
All the young men who wish to serve in the altar are asked to meet in church on Sunday, September 13th, immediately following the conclusion of the Divine Liturgy. At this time, we will discuss more about serving in the Holy Altar and the expectations and requirements of being an acolyte.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me. I sincerely thank you in advance for encouraging your son to faithfully serve in the Holy Altar of our beloved Annunciation Church.
Sincerely yours in Christ,