Monday, May 12, 2014
Congratulations to Newly Instituted Acolytes!
This past Saturday, May 10th, Bishop Michael Sheridan instituted 13 men as Acolytes in service to our Diocese. Among the thirteen were three men from our Parish, Keith Harmon, Gil Lindeman and Alfredo Medina. Along with their families and others, Deacon Tom and Lynne Liotta, and I were present to be part of this historic event! This is the first class of Instituted Acolytes.
“The acolyte is appointed in order to aid the deacon and to minister to the priest. It is his duty therefore to attend to the service of the altar and to assist the deacon and the priest in liturgical celebration, especially in the celebration of the Mass. He may also, to the extent needed, take care of instructing other faithful who on a temporary basis are appointed to assist the priest or deacon in liturgical roles by carrying the missal, cross, candles, etc…or by performing other such duties. He will perform these duties more worthily if he participates in the Holy Eucharist with increasingly fervent devotion, received nourishment from it and deepens his knowledge about it.”
As one set aside in a special way for service at the altar, the acolyte should learn all matters concerning public divine worship and strive to grasp their inner spiritual meaning: in that way he will be able each day to offer himself entirely to God, be an example by his gravity and reverence in the Church, and have a sincere love for the Mystical Body of Christ, the people of God, especially for the weak and the sick. In accordance with the ancient tradition of the Church, institution to the ministry of Acolyte is reserved to men.”
Congratulations to Keith, Gil and Alfredo as you service at the Altar as an instituted Acolyte!