Definition of deacon
: a subordinate officer in a Christian church: such asa : a Roman Catholic, Anglican, or Eastern Orthodox cleric ranking next below a priestb : one of the laymen elected by a church with congregational polity to serve in worship, in pastoral care, and on administrative committeesc : a Mormon in the lowest grade of the Aaronic priesthood
Examples of deacon in a Sentence
my cousin was married by his uncle, who is also a deacon in his church
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Francis last year appointed him to lead a commission to study whether women could be deacons in the church.
Murphy, a deacon in the Roman Catholic Church who plans to work for the Archdiocese of Seattle, was appointed in 2013 after holding a similar position in Boise, Idaho.
Taking a break from the midway was longtime parishioner Mary Pepitone, who was attending the event with her husband, Joe, who is a deacon.
Damron is a deacon, Cox is a pastor and Hastings is the mayor of Hillsboro, Ohio.
A few years ago, the pastor made Smith an honorary deacon.
The church’s letter also announced the resignation of Andy Williamson, who had been chairman of the board of deacons, and business administrator Pamela Wedding.
The Demon Deacons have hit 100 home runs and are batting .311, scoring 7.9 runs a game and have five players with 12 or more homers.
In the reflection, the new United Methodist deacon saw what Barclay had been struggling to see for so long: a face true to their identity, with an emblem of faith around their neck.
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Origin and Etymology of deacon
Middle English dekene, from Old English dēacon, from Late Latin diaconus, from Greek diakonos, literally, servant, from dia- + -konos (akin to enkonein to be active); perhaps akin to Latin conari to attempt
First Known Use: before 12th centurySee Words from the same year
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Definition of deacon for English Language Learners
: an official in some Christian churches whose rank is just below a priest
: a member of some Christian churches who has special duties
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Definition of deacon for Students
1 : an official in some Christian churches ranking just below a priest
2 : a church member in some Christian churches who has special duties
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