As a liturgical minister, the acolyte is charged with assisting the priest and deacon. This ministry includes preparing the altar, distributing Holy Communion (especially the chalice), and purifying the sacred vessels—unless a deacon is present. Whereas altar servers may carry out some of these functions on a temporary basis, the acolyte does so permanently. It is also the duty of the acolyte to train altar servers.
Worthy service at the Lord’s table