Order of Acolyte

On Saturday, March 24th, Br. Adrian was installed as an Acolyte of the Church by His Excellency the Most Rev. Joseph Binzer, Auxiliary Bishop of Cincinnati.  The Order of Acolyte is an ancient Order, going back to the earliest days of the Church.  There are several times in the Martyrology (Liturgical Book of Martyrs) that records the martyrdom of acolytes.  The Acolyte is considered a Minister of the Altar, and his primary duties include assisting the Deacon at the Altar, and purifying the Sacred Vessels in the absence of a Deacon.  During the Rite, the Bishop handed Br. Adrian a paten and chalice with this exhortation:  Take this vessel of bread for the celebration of the Eucharist. Make your lives worthy of your service at the table of the Lord and of his Church.  We congratulate Br. Adrian in taking this important step on his path to the priesthood!

(Photo Courtesy of E.L. Hubbard and the Athenaeum Webpage)