deacon

noun
dea·​con | \ˈdē-kən \

Definition of deacon 

: a subordinate officer in a Christian church: such as

a : a Roman Catholic, Anglican, or Eastern Orthodox cleric ranking next below a priest

b : one of the laymen elected by a church with congregational polity to serve in worship, in pastoral care, and on administrative committees

c : a Mormon in the lowest grade of the Aaronic priesthood

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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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The task force is run by Al Green, a 28-year-old church deacon from Jamaica who stands ready to help at every step. Brian Macquarrie, BostonGlobe.com, "In Worcester, a safe haven for gay immigrants," 25 June 2018 Along the way Sylvia was an avid reader, deacon at the Storrs Congregational Church and a member of Connecticut Planned Parenthood (a perk was meeting Paul Newman). Hartford Courant, courant.com, "Sylvia Marie Aho," 11 May 2018 Up to 15 percent of its members are minority, and of the 165 active pastors and deacons, an estimated 30 are people of color, 28 are LGBTQIA, and 50 percent are women. Kristin E. Holmes, Philly.com, "Lutheran minister from Philly overcame misgivings to make history as first black female bishop," 23 May 2018 The school will be reviewed by a three-member board: the church’s lead pastor Elijah Israel as president, Hurst’s husband, Jagade, an assistant pastor, as director and Oscar Rodgers, a church deacon, as treasurer. Meredith Colias-pete, Post-Tribune, "New Christian school to move into former Grissom Elementary," 11 July 2018 The Archdiocese of Baltimore began testing a new policy in February that allows priests and deacons to request to marry a couple somewhere other than their parish church. Julie Zauzmer, chicagotribune.com, "Catholics can get married outdoors in two places: In Montana, and now in Baltimore," 16 June 2018 Sitting in the chapel at St. Francis de Sales Seminary, the deacon is dressed in all black, except for a white clerical collar. Clara Hatcher, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Father, son follow different paths, same calling to become Catholic priests," 30 Mar. 2018 Down Home’s graphic icon is of Herschel Thompson, Reeves’ late grandfather, a church deacon and a Walton County sharecropper. Montana Couser, The Root, "Meet the 1st Black Brewers of Georgia," 25 June 2018 The Archdiocese of Baltimore began testing a new policy in February that allows priests and deacons to request to marry a couple somewhere other than their parish church. Julie Zauzmer, chicagotribune.com, "Catholics can get married outdoors in two places: In Montana, and now in Baltimore," 16 June 2018

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First Known Use of deacon

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for 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

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deacon

noun

English Language Learners Definition of deacon

: an official in some Christian churches whose rank is just below a priest

: a member of some Christian churches who has special duties

deacon

noun
dea·​con | \ˈdē-kən \

Kids Definition of deacon

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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