A parishioner who welcomes and assists people as they enter the church sanctuary. Usher duties vary by parish and can include: distributing service bulletins, answering questions concerning the church and service, assisting people with seating, counting the number of people attending services, taking up the collection, presenting the gifts of bread, wine and money at the presentation of gifts, and assisting people during the administration of communion.

Modified from: An Episcopal Dictionary of the Church> A User-Friendly Reference for Episcopalians>; editors: Don S. Armentrout & Robert Boak Slocum. Church Publishing Inc.: New York; ©

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