There are set procedures and movements for each of the Servants at God’s Altar. Training is provided, and there is always an opportunity to ask questions and review the duties and required movements. It is recommended that a person serve as an acolyte before serving as a deacon. A deacon then has knowledge about all the roles that work together to make the worship move smoothly and reverentially, and can help fill in roles as needed.
The acolyte corps includes girls and boys as well as adults. A deacon is usually a person in the congregation who is known to be walking his/her journey of faith deliberately and with devotion.
Acolytes and Deacons: Servants at God’s Altar (SAGA)
Deacon: writes and prays the prayers of intercession, as well as leading other brief prayers and spoken portions of the worship service, assists with a chalice at communion
Subdeacon: helps set the altar for communion, assists with a chalice, and clears the altar after
Crucifer: carries the cross, leading the procession, the Gospel procession, and the recessional
Bookbearer: carries the large book of scriptural readings (the lectionary)
Torchbearers: carry the torches (tall candlesticks) in procession, Gospel procession, and recessional
Thurifer: carries the thurible with incense