subdeacon(redirected from subdiaconates)
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1. In the Eastern Orthodox Church, a cleric ranking just below a deacon.
2. In the traditional rite of the Roman Catholic Church, a cleric who acts as assistant to the deacon at High Mass and normally reads the Epistle at the Eucharist.
1. (Roman Catholic Church) a cleric who assists at High Mass
2. (Roman Catholic Church) (formerly) a person ordained to the lowest of the major orders
sub•dea•con(sʌbˈdi kən, ˈsʌbˌdi-)
a member of the clerical order next below that of deacon.
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|Noun||1.||subdeacon - a clergyman an order below deacon; one of the Holy Orders in the unreformed western Christian church and the eastern Catholic Churches but now suppressed in the Roman Catholic Church|
clergyman, man of the cloth, reverend - a member of the clergy and a spiritual leader of the Christian Church