Minor Clergy Resources

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This page contains resources for minor clergy in carrying out their extra-liturgical duties. In other words, the resources listed below are not rubrics, but are more general in nature.

A Guide for Sacristans in the Orthodox Church, written by Father Geoffrey Korz, is found on the Resources page of All Saints of North America Orthodox Church (OCA). A sacristan being someone who performs duties in the sacrasty, this is an excellent first resource for anyone who serves in the altar. You may have only some of the duties detailed in this booklet, but it is useful to understand what’s going on around you and why. [PDF format]

A Guide for Readers in the Orthdox Church, written by Father Geoffrey Korz, is found on the Resources page of All Saints of North America Orthodox Church (OCA). This is a foundational publication for readers (and really anyone who serves in the altar area). [PDF format]

The Handbook for Readers in the Orthodox Church: Russian Tradition: I cannot remember how I came about this document. It’s unsigned, and I haven’t been able to track down the source, but it’s another excellent work, so I’m hosting it here until such time as I can locate the original source. [Microsoft Word format]

A Subdeacon’s Manual: A guide for subdeacons and altar servers at hierarchical services according to Russian tradition: This manual is specifically for serving with a hierarch, and it’s meticulously detailed. The 41-page booklet was written by (then Deacon, now) Father Kirill Sokolov. I do not have permission to host this copyrighted work, and I don’t believe it is currently for sale or download anywhere, though Fr. Kirill has expressed his desire to republish this work.

Borislav's Vestments

Readers need cassocks, and eventually, you should get yourself at least a gold sticharion. There are several options for liturgical vestments. The one I know and trust is Borislav’s Vestments at orthovestments.com.