St. Mark Of Ephesus Orthodox Church
Orthodox Church of America
261 Main Street, Kingston, Massachusetts 02364

If any man serve me, let him follow me;

and where I am, there shall also my servant be:

If any man serve me, him will my Father honor.

(John 12:26)


At the head of the parish is its Rector. According to the teachings of the Church, he is the spiritual father and teacher of his flock and the celebrant of the liturgical worship established by the Church. He teaches and edifies the People of God entrusted to his spiritual care "with no partiality" (James 2:1) and sees to it that all activities within the parish serve the religious goals of the Church. The Rector is appointed by the Diocesan Bishop and cannot leave his parish without the permission of the Bishop. No activities in the parish can be initiated without his knowledge, approval, and blessing; neither should he do anything pertaining to the parish without the knowledge of his parishioners, so that always and everywhere there may be unity, mutual trust, cooperation and love. In conformity with his teaching office, the Rector shall have final authority over the church school. To be free from material preoccupations and wholly committed to his sacred ministry, the priest must be compensated by the parish, the amount of his compensation being clearly agreed upon at the time of his appointment.

+from the OCA Website


When you are an acolyte, you have to realize that it is a privledge to serve God this way. You will have the chance to get first-hand exposure to the liturgy by participating in it. You will create many memories of your special role in the Orthodox family. Acolytes must always behave in an exemplary way both inside and outside of the Church. They must always be prepared for the service by reading the scripture so that they can follow the liturgy. Also, they need to know their prayers, for example, The Lord's Prayer, The Creed, and the prayers before Holy Communion. 

+from Orthodoxabc