Fr. Lawrence Farley examines the question of whether or not the youthful function of liturgical assistance in the altar should be extended to girls as well as boys.
Most Orthodox churches of my acquaintance in North America are served by “altar boys”—that is, by boys of pre-pubescent or adolescent age, vested in a sticharion robe and helping the priest by holding a candle, fetching the censer, or otherwise assisting him in the performance of the Divine Liturgy and the other Church services. Sometimes this office is fulfilled by grown men, often of advanced age. Sometimes such men have been…