St. Mary Orthodox Church

Cambridge, MA

Altar Servers at St. Mary Church

For more information about serving in the Altar, please speak with Fr. Antony.

In the Eastern Orthodox Church, altar servers assist the higher clergy during services. They might carry the cross, candles or liturgical fans in processions and entrances; maintain the censer, ensuring it has enough live charcoal, loading it with incense and handing it to the priest or deacon when required; preparing the hot water (zeon) in time for it to be added to the chalice at the Divine Liturgy; prepare the antidoron for the people to receive after Holy Communion; and any other necessary tasks so that the celebrant need not be distracted during the service. An altar server is vested in the sticharion only.  For more information, visit the Wikipedia article »

Helping your sons serve in the altar - http://www.theologic.com/oflweb/inchurch/sonsserve.htm

Basic rules for Acolytes - http://www.theologic.com/oflweb/inchurch/basic_rules_for_acolytes.htm