An acolyte is a person who assists the presiding minister/pastor in worship and carries out certain duties, including candle lighting; carrying the processional cross; holding or getting items the pastor needs at baptisms, Holy Communion, and other worship acts. Acolytes may be children, youth, and adults.
Here are resources related to the work of acolytes and those who train and work with acolytes.
The Acolyte's Book
by Hoyt Hickman (Abingdon).
This is a basic manual for young acolytes and is a useful tool for training and reference by acolytes.
Come, Follow Me is an excellent teaching tool that helps prepare young people to become effective acolytes. It provides a thorough overview of worship -- its specifics, its history, and its significance.
For more about acolytes on the internet go to:
"Acolyte" in the Catholic Encyclopedia:
From the Lutheran Resource Center, Clear Lake, Iowa