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Who/what is the Deacon?
« on: September 23, 2004, 12:46:33 PM »
He is a part of the clergy , right?  And what is his role in the church?

I saw our Deacon the other day wearing a "collar".  Does this mean he became a priest (and I didn't know about it) or do Deacons wear "collars"?

Thanks for any help on this :)

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Re:Who/what is the Deacon?
« Reply #1 on: September 23, 2004, 10:09:32 PM »
Here is a quick answer for you

Deacons are part of the Clergy. Their role is one of service, hence the name deacon from the Greek Diakonia.

To be honest the "collar" is a very recent addition to the garb of Orthodox Clerics. In most cases anyone from Deacon on up wears a collar, so no this doesn't mean he is now a priest.
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Re:Who/what is the Deacon?
« Reply #2 on: September 24, 2004, 06:58:27 AM »
Besides having the role of "service," he prays the litanies in many churches ("again and again in peace, etc.), and in some cases reads the Holy Gospel in Liturgy.
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Re:Who/what is the Deacon?
« Reply #3 on: September 24, 2004, 09:58:08 AM »
Thank you both for your answers :)