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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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If the Eternal Ear could ever tire it would have ceased long ere this to listen to Deacon Milliken, who had wafted to the throne of grace the same prayer, with very slight variations, for forty years.
Good old Deacon Gookin had arrived, and waited at the skirts of that venerable saint, his revered pastor.
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.
But Father Sergius recovered immediately, and though very pale, he waved the merchant and the deacon aside and continued to chant the service.
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.
The Holy Deacon did so, and putting the money into his pocket waited till the congregation was dismissed and said goodnight.
Tran thinks the partiality for priests over deacons is greater among communities of Catholic immigrants who are still getting used to the concept of the diaconate.
A GROUP of new priests and deacons will be ordained at Coventry Cathedral this weekend to serve in parishes throughout Coventry and Warwickshire.
In predominantly African-American parishes across the Chicago archdiocese, deacons took to the pulpit to preach against violence in their communities on the fourth Sunday of Advent.
Halifax--Archbishop Fred Hiltz, primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, recently paid tribute to the ministry of deacons, saying they are "the feet, the hands, the heart, the voice of Jesus.
bishops' office for deacons, says their dual role in parish and community makes deacons ideal for "connecting the dots.