Archdiocese of Mobile

Archdiocese of Mobile seminarians installed as acolytes and lector

ST. MEINRAD, Ind. — Archdiocese of Mobile seminarians Gabriel Mills, Connor Plessala and Peyton Plessala were among seminarians studying at Saint Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology who received the ministry of acolyte, while seminarian Alexander Crow received the ministry of lector on Feb. 15 in the school’s St. Thomas Aquinas Chapel.
In all, 13 seminarians studying at St. Meinrad received the ministry of acolyte, while 17 received the ministry of lector.
An acolyte assists a deacon or priest, primarily in the celebration of Mass. He attends to the needs of the altar and may distribute Communion as an auxiliary minister. He also may be entrusted with the public veneration of the Blessed Sacrament, but does not give the Benediction, which is reserved for a priest or deacon.
The ministry of lector is conferred upon those who prepare and proclaim readings from Scripture at Mass and other liturgical celebrations. A lector also may recite psalms between the readings and present the intentions for the general intercessions.