Acolytes, Chalice Ministers, and Lectors
These service ministries involve assisting the Clergy with the various worship liturgies at the Cathedral. Each of these ministries require the individual to be committed to show up on time when they are scheduled to serve. That commitment also requires that they will be knowledgeable of their specific responsibilities and duties in the worship service, and have prepared themselves for their participation through study and prayer. Prior to their participation in a worship service, all new acolytes, lectors and chalice ministers would complete all of the necessary training for each of these ministries. We would sincerely welcome your interest in these rewarding service opportunities.
- Acolytes carry torches and crosses (and sometimes flags, banners, and doves) in procession; light and extinguish candles before and after the worship service; lead the Gospel procession; serve the High Altar; carry the Gospel Book in procession; participate fully in the worship service. Acolytes typically serve one or two times each month, and also at special services during Easter, Advent, and Evensongs.
- Eucharistic Ministers walk in procession, and, like the Acolytes they participate fully in the worship service. Finally, they assist the Clergy in the Celebration of Holy Communion by administering the Chalice. Eucharistic Ministers typically serve once every other month.
- Lectors read the lessons, and lead the Prayers of the People at all services. Lectors must have a strong voice, an ability to read well and take the responsibility for advance preparation, which includes reading the lesson several times and checking pronunciation with the Clergy. Lectors typically read once every other month.