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CURATE, eccl. law. One who represents the incumbent of a church, person, or20 vicar, and takes care of the church, and performs divine service in his stead.

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Consider, Maillard," said the curate, "that I have recommended you to this gentleman, who is a powerful lord, and that I have made myself responsible for you.
he will let you into the rooms in his tower," said the curate.
I told the curate I was going to seek food, and felt my way towards the pantry.
Place the HANDS," repeated the curate, with a gesture.
You will be lost," said the curate, shaking his head sorrowfully.
Ah, my young friend," added the curate, groaning, "do not regret the devil, I implore you
The Jesuit raised his hands toward heaven, and the curate did the same.
The Jesuit and the curate quite started from their chairs.
Farewell, my son," said the curate, "till tomorrow.
Bazin, who had been standing listening to all this controversy with a pious jubilation, sprang toward them, took the breviary of the curate and the missal of the Jesuit, and walked respectfully before them to clear their way.
The ten new deacons have undertaken a course of study and training, and following their ordination will serve as curates, or assistant ministers, while their training continues.
He wanted to raise some money from other past curates and others who knew the Anscombe's.