someone who assists a priest or minister in a liturgical service; a cleric ordained in the highest of the minor orders in the Roman Catholic Church but not in the Anglican Church or the Eastern Orthodox Churches
One who has received the highest of the four minor orders in the Catholic Church, being ordained to carry the wine, water and lights at Mass.
An attendant, assistant or follower.
Origin: From acolythus, acoluthus, from ἀκόλουθος: compare French acolyte
one who has received the highest of the four minor orders in the Catholic church, being ordained to carry the wine and water and the lights at the Mass
one who attends; an assistant
Origin: [LL. acolythus, acoluthus, Gr. following, attending: cf. F. acolyte.]
In many Christian denominations, an acolyte is anyone who performs ceremonial duties such as lighting altar candles. In others, the term is used for one who has been inducted into a particular liturgical ministry, even when not performing those duties.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
ak′o-līt, Acolyth, ak′o-lith, n. an inferior church officer: an attendant or assistant: (R. C. Church) one ordained to the fourth of the minor orders, next to the sub-deacon. [Gr. akolouthos, an attendant.]
The numerical value of Acolyte in Chaldean Numerology is: 6
The numerical value of Acolyte in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9
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