At the moment of communion the acolytes received in linen bags the consecrated Hosts to carry to the assisting priests.
It is now worn in a considerable number of churches not only by the clergy but by acolytes and servers at the Communion.
These are 46 presbyters, 7 deacons, 7 subdeacons, 42 acolytes, 52 exorcists and readers, together with doorkeepers.
The Latins, and Armenians who have borrowed from the Latins, have subdeacons, acolytes, exorcists, readers and doorkeepers.
Though the office is found at Carthage, and St Cyprian (200?-258) makes many references to acolytes, whom he used to carry his letters, this seems to be the only place in Africa where they were known.