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dea·con

 (dē′kən)
n.
1. A cleric ranking just below a priest in the Anglican, Eastern Orthodox, and Roman Catholic churches.
2. A lay assistant to a Protestant minister.
3. Used as a title prefixed to the surname of such a person: Deacon Brown.

[Middle English deken, from Old English dīacon, from Late Latin diāconus, perhaps from Greek diākonos, attendant, minister.]
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deacon

(ˈdiːkən)
n
1. (Ecclesiastical Terms) (in the Roman Catholic and other episcopal churches) an ordained minister ranking immediately below a priest
2. (Ecclesiastical Terms) (in Protestant churches) a lay official appointed or elected to assist the minister, esp in secular affairs
3. (Industrial Relations & HR Terms) Scot the president of an incorporated trade or body of craftsmen in a burgh
[Old English, ultimately from Greek diakonos servant]
ˈdeaconˌship n
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dea•con

(ˈdi kən)

n.
1. (in hierarchical churches) a member of the clerical order next below that of a priest.
2. (in other churches) an appointed or elected officer having variously defined duties.
[before 900; Middle English deken, Old English diacon < Late Latin diāconus < Greek diakonos servant, minister, deacon]
dea′con•ship`, n.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.deacon - a Protestant layman who assists the ministerdeacon - a Protestant layman who assists the minister
church officer - a church official
deaconess - a woman deacon
2.deacon - a cleric ranking just below a priest in Christian churches; one of the Holy Orders
clergyman, man of the cloth, reverend - a member of the clergy and a spiritual leader of the Christian Church
Holy Order, Order - (usually plural) the status or rank or office of a Christian clergyman in an ecclesiastical hierarchy; "theologians still disagree over whether `bishop' should or should not be a separate Order"
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deacon

noun
Related words
adjective diaconal
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Translations
diakoni
助祭執事輔祭

deacon

[ˈdiːkən] Ndiácono m
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deacon

[ˈdiːkən] ndiacre m
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deacon

nDiakon m; (= elder)Kirchenälteste(r) m
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deacon

[ˈdiːkn] ndiacono
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Stephen was ordained to the Permanent Deaconate on April 22, 1989.
The Bishop of Wrexham said in a statement: "I am saddened that such decisions have to be made and implemented, as I am saddened by the decline in the number of people attending all of our churches, fewer baptisms of both children and adults, and the minimal number of vocations to the priesthood, religious life and permanent deaconate that have come from the native families of the diocese.
The pope first announced in May his intention to set up such a commission to study the female deaconate, during a meeting with leaders of orders of Roman Catholic nuns.
He also notes how the cognate terms "deaconate" and "deacon" advanced in the 1960s from relative obscurity to feature prominently in the leading, ecumenically agreed-upon statement on Christian ministry, namely, the 1982 World Council of Churches document Baptism, Eucharist, and Ministry that described the church's ministry as "threefold," comprising bishops, presbyters, and deacons.
This came after the decisions taken at the once-per-decade, 1968 Lambeth Conference (meeting of the Anglican Church's bishops), recommended the ordination of women to the deaconate.
That same year, under Loehes leadership, the Lutheran Society for the Female Deaconate was formed.
In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory would be appreciated and made to the Fairlawn Christian Reformed Church, c/o Deaconate Fund, 305 Goldthwaite Rd., Whitinsville, MA 01588.
Recently ordained to the transitional deaconate, Michael Kovak (Colin O'Donoghue) has a crisis of faith.
Levesque graduated with distinction and was ordained to the deaconate last spring.
Cathar hierarchy was epispocate: perfects and bishops, filius major and filius minor, deaconate, believers.
The concept of Christian poverty is developed as is the rise of the deaconate as officials in charge of charity.