The Acolyte by Abraham Solomon, 1842

An acolyte is an assistant or follower assisting the celebrant in a religious service or procession. In many Christian denominations, an acolyte is anyone who performs ceremonial duties such as lighting altar candles. In others, the term is used for one who has been inducted into a particular liturgical ministry, even when not performing those duties.


The word acolyte is derived from the Greek word ἀκόλουθος (akolouthos), meaning an attendant, via Late Latin acolythus.

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català: Acòlit
čeština: Akolyta
Deutsch: Akolyth
eesti: Akolüüt
español: Acólito
Esperanto: Akolito
français: Acolyte
galego: Acólito
한국어: 시종직
Ido: Akoluto
Bahasa Indonesia: Akolit
italiano: Accolito
Kiswahili: Akoliti
Limburgs: Acoliet
Nederlands: Acoliet
polski: Akolita
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русский: Аколит
suomi: Akoluutti
svenska: Akolut
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