altar boy


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altar boy

n. Christianity
A boy who is an altar server.

altar boy

n
(Ecclesiastical Terms) RC Church Church of England a boy serving as an acolyte

ac•o•lyte

(ˈæk əˌlaɪt)

n.
1. an altar attendant in public worship; altar boy.
2. any attendant, assistant, or follower.
[1275–1325; Middle English< Medieval Latin acolytus < Greek akólouthos follower, attendant]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.altar boy - a boy serving as an acolytealtar boy - a boy serving as an acolyte    
acolyte - someone who assists a priest or minister in a liturgical service; a cleric ordained in the highest of the minor orders in the Roman Catholic Church but not in the Anglican Church or the Eastern Orthodox Churches
boy, male child - a youthful male person; "the baby was a boy"; "she made the boy brush his teeth every night"; "most soldiers are only boys in uniform"
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He went back to his place, and after that a priest and two altar boys came in and began to say mass.
I used to be an altar boy and when he came in he used to pick the altar boys.
I, too, was an altar boy in my Catholic faith, my choice, not my mother's.
net AN altar boy who was sexually abused by a Catholic priest is suing the heirs of two longdead Birmingham Archbishops.
Then, just a few short weeks after our altar boy debut, the Confiteor and the other remaining Latin Mass prayers disappeared (most of the Mass had already been changed to German a few years earlier).
As well as being a star in the village Under-8s team, coached by the local priest, Mancini was also an altar boy.
Connor was a 13-year-old altar boy at the time, and had been sent with other kids to Sancta Maria Abbey in East Lothian as part of a programme to see if they were suitable to train as priests.
AN 83-year-old priest allegedly caught on tape having sex with a 19-year-old altar boy has been arrested by Brazilian authorities.
I'm not certain of the situation today, but I do recall that when I was about 8 years old, it was deemed to be quite an honor to achieve the rather elevated status of being selected as an altar boy for any Roman Catholic Church.
Father Joe Fitzsimons, who found his vocation for the priesthood when he was an altar boy in his home town of Washington, was 95.
ANOTHER former altar boy at one of Coventry's Roman Catholic churches is claiming he was sexually abused by disgraced priest Christopher Clonan.