Altar servers are integral to worship at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, from setting up the altar book to reading lessons, lighting candles, passing the offertory plates, ringing the sanctus bells and holding the chalice. The lay leader has overall responsibility to ensure that all acolyte duties are performed and to assist the celebrant. In addition, he should check the sanctuary before the service to ensure that all is ready.
These duties include checking and turning on sound system, making sure the offering plates are in proper position and the credence table is set-up with the veil. Other acolyte duties include marking the lectionary and preparing the altar book. In addition, the thurifer is responsible for making sure the thurible is ready for incense burning. The thurifer is the acolyte responsible for swinging the thurible during the eucharist. That means arriving early, emptying ashes from the thurible and putting new incense to burn.
- Acolyte Manual 5 PM Saturday Service
- Acolyte Manual 8 AM Sunday Service
- Altar Book Setup Manual
- Thurifer Duties Manual