Seminarians from the fourth year at the Scots College were today installed as Acolytes by Archbishop Jorge Patron Wong, the secretary of the Vatican’s Congregation for the Clergy.
The ministry of acolyte is another significant step for seminarians on the journey to priesthood and during Mass on the Third Sunday in Advent, four more men were installed as acolytes.
The job of an acolyte is primarily associated with assisting the Priest and Deacon during Mass, however they will also bring the Blessed Sacrament to the sick and housebound as well as distributing communion during Mass. They may also, under the guidance of the priest, present instruction to the faithful as well as expose the Blessed Sacrament for adoration.
During his sermon, Archbishop Wong spoke about the Joy of Gaudete and how it was fitting to be celebrating the installation of four new acolytes on this day. That joy that we celebrate for the coming of Our Lord is also a joy we can share as more men repeat their yes to ministry to the Lord, ministry that allows a growth in the personal relationship with Christ.
Those admitted as Acolytes by the Archbishop were, Christopher Doig from the Diocese of Aberdeen and Joseph McGill from the Diocese of Paisley whilst Martin Eckersley and Robert Taylor are both from the Archdiocese of St. Andrews and Edinburgh.