The order of acolytes is one of the most ancient ministries in the Church. In addition to carrying flags, crosses, and banners during the service, acolytes also assist the clergy of St. Thomas’ with preparing the altar for Holy Communion. Young men who have been confirmed (6th-12th grade) are invited to join this ministry.
In addition to adding to the majesty of our service through the carrying of torches, a torch-bearer is an example of reverent and joyful worship to the entire congregation. The order of torchbearers gives our younger men (ages 8-12) the opportunity to become a more active and visible part of our liturgy.