Sub-Crucifer & Torchbearer Guide–Holy Eucharist Rite II

Pre-Service
Excuse yourself from Sunday School (or arrive at the church) promptly at 10:45. Go to the vesting room and put on a red cassock and white surplice. Retrieve the cross from the chancel and stand at the double doors of the parlor hallway with the rest of the procession. Please notify one of the acolyte masters if someone is not present.
Processional Hymn
Stand at the rear of the church behind the choir, before the chalice bearers. Stand behind the crucifer face the altar as the choir and others get to their seats (you should stand close to the crucifer so that the choir and chalice bearers can get past you to their seats). When the aisle is clear, the torchbearers should come up behind you and pause briefly with you and the altar server at the rail. Turn and step down, putting the cross in its holder as the torchbearers put their torches in their holders and the altar server steps past you with the book. Return to center outside the rail, facing the altar with the other four acolytes. All five acolytes then reverence the altar together. Walk with the torchbearers to your seat behind the organ.

Follow the service in your bulletin. Participate in prayers and hymns. Be attentive to the service. You are a leader of worship in church! People are paying attention to you and you are setting an example for children of how to behave.
The Nicene Creed
Retrieve the participants of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd
At the part of the Nicene Creed which says “We believe in the Holy Spirit,” step down to the outside of the rail, turn and reverence the altar, then retrieve the wooden cross from its holder. Leave the chancel through the side door and go to the chapel beside the parlor. Let the Catechists know that the Prayer of the People are beginning. When the Catechists are ready, lead them and the children to the transept door. When you hear the priest proclaim, “May the Peace of the Lord be always with you!” lead the children’s procession into the church. Walk all the way down the center aisle to the rear door then turn. All children should be seated by now. Step up into the chancel, put the cross in its holder, then return to your seat.
The Holy Communion
Approach the altar rail to receive Communion as the usher releases the transept pews, or wait and take Communion when your family does. Return to the acolytes’ pew after receiving Communion.
The Recessional Hymn
When the recessional hymn begins playing, both torchbearers and the Sub-Crucifer should stand and enter the chancel from the side. Pause with the other torchbearer, the sub-crucifer, and the crucifer and reverence the altar together, then retrieve the wooden cross. Stand facing the altar outside the altar rail between the crucifer and the altar server. Watch the altar server’s signal to process. Turn and follow the choir in the procession to the rear of the church.

During and after the Recessional, remain at the rear of the church with other acolytes until the final blessing “Go in peace to love and serve the Lord!” Reply with the congregation, “Thanks be to God!” Walk around the outside of the church. Return to the chancel through the side entrance and place the cross in its holder. Ensure that the Altar Server has extinguished the candles.

Return to the vesting room and hang your vestments back up where they belong.Thank you for serving!

Torchbearer Guide–Holy Eucharist Rite II

Pre-Service
Excuse yourself from Sunday School (or arrive at the church) promptly at 10:45. Go to the vesting room and put on a red cassock and white surplice. Go with the other torchbearer and retrieve your torch from the chancel. Stand at the double doors of the parlor hallway with the rest of the procession. Please notify one of the acolyte masters if someone is not present.
Processional Hymn
Light your torch in the narthex, then stand behind and to one side of the crucifer. Process behind the crucifer when (s)he begins walking. When the crucifer stops at the center/front of the church, step all the way out to the side and face the center, holding your torch while the choir and others get to their seats. When the aisle is clear, step to the center with the other acolytes, pause briefly, then step inside the rail and place your torch in the holder. Return to center outside the rail, facing the altar. All five acolytes then reverence the altar together. Walk with the other torchbearer and sub-crucifer to your seat behind the organ.

Follow the service in your bulletin. Participate in prayers and hymns. Be attentive to the service. You are a leader of worship in church! People are paying attention to you and you are setting an example for children of how to behave.
The Sequence Hymn
When the hymn begins playing after the second reading, both torchbearers should stand and enter the chancel from the side. Step through the opening in the altar rail and retrieve your torch. Step down and assemble beside the other torchbearer behind the crucifer facing the altar. Watch for the altar server to signal that it’s time to process. Process after the crucifer. When the crucifer stops, stop and face the other torchbearer in front of the crucifer. The altar book bearer should step between the two torches. Your torches should be beside the book, not beside the altar server.

After the Gospel is read, the altar server will step to the side. The crucifer will walk between you and the other torch. Turn and process behind the crucifer. Step inside the altar rail, put your torch in its holder, then return to the center. Reverence the altar with the crucifer and other torchbearer and the altar server. Return to your pew. Listen to the sermon and continue to take active part in the service.
The Holy Communion
Approach the altar rail to receive Communion as the usher releases the transept pews, or wait and take Communion when your family does. Return to the acolytes’ pew after receiving Communion.
The Recessional Hymn
When the recessional hymn begins playing, both torchbearers and the Sub-Crucifer should stand and enter the chancel from the side. Pause with the other torchbearer, the sub-crucifer, and the crucifer and reverence the altar together. Step through the opening in the altar rail and retrieve your torch. Step down and assemble beside the other torchbearer behind the crucifer facing the altar. Watch for the altar server to signal that it’s time to process. Process after the crucifer to the rear of the church.

During and after the Recessional, remain at the rear of the church with other acolytes until the final blessing “Go in peace to love and serve the Lord!” Reply with the congregation, “Thanks be to God!” Extinguish your torch, then walk around the outside of the church. Return reverently to the chancel and place your torch in its holder.

Return to the vesting room and hang your vestments back up where they belong.Thank you for serving!