An officer in Christian churches appointed to perform certain subordinate duties varying in different communions. In the Roman Catholic and Episcopal churches, a person admitted to the lowest order in the ministry, subordinate to the bishops and priests. In Presbyterian churches, he is subordinate to the minister and elders, and has charge of certain duties connected with the communion service and the care of the poor. In Congregational churches, he is subordinate to the pastor, and has duties as in the Presbyterian church.
Late Latin diaconus, a servant of the church (Greek diakonos, servant or messenger) -- a Christian elder or church officer who helps the minister, primarily in matters not having to do with worship; a cleric ranking just below a priest in the Roman Catholic and Anglican churches; to read a verse aloud before it is sung by the congregation. A deaconess is a female deacon, usually appointed to assist members of the congregation or parish, such as the sick and poor. Diaconal is of a deacon or deacons (adjective). Diaconate is the rank office, or tenure of a deacon, or a board of deacons.
A member of the clergy ordained by a Bishop and set apart by the Church for a special ministry of servanthood -- particularly on behalf of the poor, the weak, the sick, and the lonely. Deacons serve under the direct authority of the Bishop. Our Deacon is the Rev. Theorphlis M Borden ("").
(DEA·con). A lay appointed office in the ancient church designed to provide assistance to the congregation in non-spiritual matters. From Greek diakonos, attendant.
An ordained assisting minister whose main functions at the Eucharist are to read the Gospel, (in some churches to lead the Prayers of the People), prepare the gifts at the Offertory, assist with the administration of Communion, help with the ablutions, and dismiss the people. In the absence of a bishop or priest, a deacon may administer Communion from the Reserved Sacrament (BCP, 408-409). The initial level of ordination in the Episcopal Church. Unlike protestant churches where Deacon is a lay order, in the Episcopal Church Deacon is a clerical order. Deacons often have special clerical duties.
The first rank of the ordained clergy. He assists the Priest and Bishop during the Divine Liturgy.
Someone ordained by a bishop to serve in a diaconal ministry, to model servanthood by personal example and in liturgical action. There is currently a movement in the Anglican Church to "restore" the office of Deacon so it is not limited to candidates for the priesthood serving as assistants in a parish.
Literally a servant. An office of servant ministry within the church. "But let these also first be proved; then let them serve as deacons, being found blameless" (1 Tim. 3:10).
servant, waiter; toward the end of the first century CE, this word comes to denote a specific group of people within the Christian community who are in charge of celebrating the Lord's Supper, the agape feast.
A deacon is an ordained minister of the Church assigned to serve a parish in certain sacramental and non-sacramental roles, according to his ministry agreement.
the assistant minister whose liturgical roles are to read the gospel, set the altar for Eucharist and dismiss the people. There are two groups of people who would be called deacons. Those who are to be ordained priests are first ordained as a deacon for about one year. We also have 'vocational deacons', those who's ministry is similar to the deacons of the first century. Their work is primarily in the community and they maybe a deacon and have another full time job. There are currently two vocational deacons at St. Mary's.
The deacon does not baptize or bless or offer the Eucharist, but gives the sacrament to the people when a bishop or presbyter has offered. He acts as an assistant to the priests, but is not a priest himself. The deacon also visits the sick and arranges for burials. [ 13
(Before 1996) An ordained minister who has progressed far enough in preparation for ordained ministry to be received by an Annual Conference, as either an associate member or probationary member, and who has been ordained deacon.
a Protestant layman who assists the minister
a cleric ranking just below a priest in Christian churches; one of the Holy Orders
a clergyman ordained to serve a diocese
a clergyman who assists the bishop and priests
a cleric whose principal function is to act as close assistant to the celebrant during mass and other church services
a free agent, with no particular call from a church , but is licensed by the district , and is basically a Substitute Pastor
a great deal more than an apprentice priest, a sort of ministerial probationer
a helper to the bishop and the priest and proclaims the Gospel)
a member of Holy Orders in most Christian denominations
a member of none of the church courts, either actually or potentially
a member of the Church elected by the Congregation and ordained to his or her office
a ministerial assistant in a Christian congregation
an extension of the bishop and the priest, as the priest is an extension of the bishop
an ordained man whose ministry is to assist the bishop of his diocese and serve people who are in need
an ordained member of the clergy who assists the priest in the ministry to the people and in the celebration of the divine services
an ordained member of the clergy with limited faculties
an ordained minister in the Church, called by the Church to serve God and all God's people through the conferring of the sacrament of Holy Orders by the bishop
an ordained minister of the Catholic Church
an ordained minister who can preach, baptize, witness marriages and preside at burials
an ordained order of the clergy who with the permission and direction of the ordained priest can conduct services
a person set aside to do the servant ministry, usually in parishes, on behalf of the bishop
a servant, and a pastor is a servant
a servant and not part of an imaginary hierarchy
a servant, and to serve is to minister
a servanthood office, a ministry of mercy and benevolence
a servant of God and therefore a servant of the Lord's Church
a symbol of the potential for diakonos in the world through the witness of mature age men offering themselves for a deeper level of service through the Church
The lowest of the three orders of the sacred ministry; also the minister who reads the gospel at a solemn celebration of the Holy Communion; whether he be a bishop, priest or deacon.
from the Greek word diakonos, â€œservant.â€ The deacon is one of the three forms of ordained clerical ministry (bishop, priest, deacon) in those churches with a hierarchical tradition. The deaconâ€™s primary role is to remind the people of their duties toward the poor and outcast. In other Christian churches, it is a lay office with duties that vary from charitable functions to an usher to sort of board of directors.
A male member of the church who distributes the sacrament, collects fast money and acts as messenger as well as other community work. It is the first stage in the Aaronic Priesthood.
A clergyman in the lowest order. Deacons are ordained for the works of charity, teaching, and administration, and to assist the bishops and priests. (The word comes from the Greek " diakonos," meaning "minister" or "waiter.")
from the Greek diakonos meaning servant, used to refer to the lowest Order in the Christian ministry, below the priest and bishop. The term is for both men and women who may undertake the tasks assigned to priests except presiding at Holy Communion and hearing confessions
An ordained minister whose ministry focuses on the bridge between the church and the wider world. In the liturgy, the deacon's main functions at the Eucharist are to read the Gospel, (in some churches to lead the Prayers of the People), prepare the gifts at the Offertory, assist with the administration of Communion, help with the ablutions, and dismiss the people.
(from Greek diakonos, “helper”), A man authorized to baptize and perform marriages, but not to administer communion.(Moffett, p. 55) A member of the lowest rank of the threefold Christian ministry (below the presbyter-priest and bishop)or, in various Protestant churches, a lay official, usually ordained, who shares in the ministry and sometimes in the governance of a congregation. (Encyclopedia Britannica)
One of the three orders of ordained ministry. A deacon's primary calling is to serve those in need and to assist in the liturgies.
a deacon is an ordained person who assists bishops and priests in public worship and in the ministration of God’s Word and Sacraments and other assigned duties. A deacon differs from a priest in that he or she cannot give absolution, Baptism or Confirmation.
A deacon, like a bishop or priest, is an ordained minister. Deacon comes from the Greek word, diakonos, meaning servant. Deacons usually serve in local congregations and have a special ministry to the poor, the sick and the troubled. Deacons are addressed as deacon, mister, miss, mrs., etc. according to preference or local custom.
an order of the ordained ministry charged particularly with a servant role in behalf of those in need, and to assist bishops and priests in the proclamation of the Gospel and the administration of the Sacraments
The initial level of ordination in the Episcopal Church and other apostolic-succession churches. In some protestant churches, it is a lay order, but in the Episcopal Church, it is a clerical order. Deacons represent the church in the world and, by tradition, the Gospel is read by the deacon if one is on the staff of a church or chapel. See " diaconate."
Deacons are members of one of three distinct orders of ordained ministry (with bishops and presbyters). In the Episcopal Church a deacon exercises "a special ministry of servanthood" directly under the deacon's bishop, serving all people and especially those in need (BCP, p. 543).
A distinct ministry in the church. Deacons promote the service role of the entire community by engaging in pastoral activities within congregations.
Literally, "servant." Originally seven deacons were ordained to assist the apostles with the temporal affairs of the Church (Acts 6:1-7). This established office has continued in the Church. A deacon assists the bishop and priest, but cannot preside over the Eucharist, give blessings or pronounce absolution. In the New Testament (Rom.16:1) and the early Church, women also served as deacons or deaconesses (1 Tim. 3:813; see note on v. 11).
An ordained minister who serves both in the church and from the church. From the Greek, deacon means servant. In the church, a deacon assists at the Eucharist by preparing the altar for the celebration, reading the Gospel and performing other liturgical actions. He or she may also have teaching and preaching functions. From the church, the deacon represents the church to the world through ministries to the poor, sick and troubled. A deacon may be addressed simply as Deacon Jones, or by other appropriate titles (Miss, Mrs., Ms., Mr., Dr., etc.), depending on the deacon's personal preference. The titles Father or Mother are traditionally reserved for priests and are not usually applied to deacons.
The word "Deacon" is very close to the Greek word for servant. Deacons are indeed ordained to a servant ministry to those in need under the direction of the Bishop. Deacons will be found working with the youth, the divorced, the sick in hospitals, in nursing homes, or in private homes; with the poor, the rejected, the immigrants, the dying, those in jail or prison, the addicts, and on college campuses. The list is not exhaustive. Deacons also have specific roles to play in the liturgy. In addition to those Deacons who have made a lifetime commitment to this servant ministry, there are other Deacons referred to as "transitional" or "temporary." Because being ordained Deacon is a prerequisite to being ordained Priest, those who intend to become Priests become Deacons for a short time.
First of the three orders of Priesthood. Deacons assist Priests or Bishops at the Divine Liturgies and other Services.
a commissioned kind of minister working in a professional supportive role in a parish or elsewhere
the initial level of ordination in the Episcopal Church. Unlike protestant churches where Deacon is a lay order, in the Episcopal Church Deacon is a clerical order. Deacons often have special clerical duties; by tradition the Gospel is read by the deacon if a deacon is on the staff of a church or chapel.
The first office in the Aaronic Priesthood
An ordained minister who assists the Celebrant during the Liturgy of the Word and at the altar for the Liturgy of the Eucharist.
in the Anglican and Roman Catholic churches, a clergyman ranking just below a priest
A cleric ordained to the Sacred Order of Deacons or Diaconate, one of the three Holy Orders. Deacons are called to fulfill a vocation, as well as a ministry, in the world under the direction of the Bishop. While in the world, a Deacon interprets the needs of the world, and then communicates such needs to the Bishop and the greater church at large. In turn, a Deacon ministers to the world as directed by the Bishop. Liturgically, a Deacon reads the Gospel, sets the table, leads the Prayers of the People and dismisses the congregation.
A cleric ordained to the Sacred Order of Deacons or Diaconate, one of the three Holy Orders. Transitional Deacons share with Vocational Deacons in the identical sacrament of ordination to the Diaconate, but are ultimately called, and are in transition, to the ministry of priesthood.
Deacon is a role in the Christian Church which is generally associated with service of some kind, but which varies among theological and denominational traditions. In many traditions, the diaconate is a clerical office; in others, it is for laity.
In the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the office of deacon is the lowest office in the Aaronic Priesthood.