Cross (IHS) and Candlelighter Cushion

    An embroidered seat cushion for acolytes serving at the altar features a cross with a banner (IHC in Greek alphabet, IHS in English).  The IHC is said to be a monogram of the name Jesus Christ.  The Candlelighter refers to one of the responsibilities of acolytes (or “followers” in Greek), which is to carry light into the sanctuary as a follower of Christ, the “Light of the World.”