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deacon in Catholic, Anglican, and Orthodox Churches, an ordained minister ranking below that of priest (now, except in the Orthodox Church, typically in training for the priesthood). In some Protestant Churches, a deacon is a lay officer appointed to assist a minister, especially in secular affairs; in the early Church, a deacon was an appointed minister of charity.

The word is recorded from Old English (in form diacon) and comes via ecclesiastical Latin from Greek diakonos ‘servant’, in ecclesiastical Greek ‘Christian minister’.

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dea·con / ˈdēkən/ • n. (in Catholic, Anglican, and Orthodox churches) an ordained minister of an order ranking below that of priest. ∎  (in some Protestant churches) a lay officer appointed to assist a minister, esp. in secular affairs. • v. [tr.] appoint or ordain as a deacon. DERIVATIVES: dea·con·ship / ship/ n.

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deacon. The rank in the Christian ministry below that of bishop and priest or presbyter. The order has its New Testament warrant from Acts 6, the commissioning of Stephen and others to serve the poor, and in 1 Timothy 3, as ministers serving with presbyters. Today the diaconate, open to men and women, has become little more than a preparatory step to priesthood.

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deacon (Gk. diakonas, ‘helper’) Ordained minister who serves as a priest's assistant in Christian churches. The institution of the diaconate can be traced to the New Testament, which describes the ordination of seven deacons (Acts 6) to carry out the administrative work of the early Church.

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deacon OE. diacon — ecclL. diāconus — Gr. dā́konos servant, messenger. (eccl.) Christian minister (cf. diākoneîn serve).
Hence deaconess XVI.

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Deacon (Gk., diakonos, ‘servant’). Christian minister next below priest.

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deacon: see orders, holy.

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