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Dan wrote:

Hi, guys —

  • Can an Acolyte purify the sacred vessels after Mass?

Thank you,


  { Can an Acolyte purify the sacred vessels after Mass? }

Richard replied:

Hi, Dan —

Thanks for the question.

Yes, an instituted Acolyte may.

This article addresses the issue in depth:


Catholic Dictionary

Acolyte (A-ko-lait):

  1. Previously a “minor order,” but since Vatican II, a “ministry” into which men are instituted on a permanent or transitory basis to assist the celebrant at Mass and to distribute Holy Communion when necessity demands.
  2. Commonly used as the equivalent of “altar boy” to denote any layman who serves the Mass or who assists at other church services.

Dan replied:


Thank you to all!


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