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DEACON, Eccl. law. A minister or servant in the church whose office, in some churches, is to assist the priest in divine service, and the distribution of the sacrament.

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John Rogers at the stake hardly suffered more than this poor child for the moment as she rose to her feet, forgetting that ladies prayed sitting, while deacons stood in prayer.
But he had no power to retreat one step, nor to resist, even in thought, when the minister and good old Deacon Gookin seized his arms and led him to the blazing rock.
Old Deacon Gookin was at domestic worship, and the holy words of his prayer were heard through the open window.
The deacons of many a church have drunk the communion wine with me; the selectmen of divers towns make me their chairman; and a majority of the Great and General Court are firm supporters of my interest.
Father Seraphim, the deacon, the acolytes, and Sofya Ivanovna, a lady who always lived near the hermitage and tended Father Sergius, begged him to bring the service to an end.
On a lighter note, a deacon refuses to pay a doctor's fee since the doctor has prescribed no medicine, only "God's good care, / And His remedies, light and water and air" (Carleton, "Doctor's Story" 84).
Deacon Juan Herrera, a native of Medillan, Colombia, will be elevated to the priesthood at 10 a.
PAUL DEACON inspired Bradford to a sixth win in their last seven games - but the Bulls still missed out on the play-offs for the first time.
BRADFORD BULLS scrum half Paul Deacon has been forced to pull out of England's squad for the World Cup.
CRACK sleuthing team Halford, Lane, Pullman and Standing investigate an arson attack on an Eighties music station which resulted in the death of controversial DJ Johnny Deacon, as the crime drama continues.
s conclusion identifies "at least four models alive" today: deacons elected by local congregations, "transitional" deacons, "permanent" deacons, and deacon/deaconess communities of 19th-century origins (477).
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