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Deacon vs. Priest

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Deaconnoun

(Church history) A designated minister of charity in the early Church (see Acts 6:1-6).

Priestnoun

a religious clergyman (clergywoman, clergyperson) who is trained to perform services or sacrifices at a church or temple

‘The priest at the Catholic church heard his confession.’; ‘The Shinto priest burnt incense for his ancestors.’; ‘The Israelite priests were descended from Moses' brother Aaron.’;

Deaconnoun

(Orthodoxy and Roman Catholicism) A clergyman ranked directly below a priest, with duties of helping the priests and carrying out parish work.

Priestnoun

a blunt tool, used for quickly stunning and killing fish

Deaconnoun

(Protestantism) Free Churches: A lay leader of a congregation who assists the pastor.

Priestnoun

(Mormonism) the highest office in the Aaronic priesthood

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Deaconnoun

(Protestantism) Anglicanism: An ordained clergyman usually serving a year prior to being ordained presbyter, though in some cases they remain a permanent deacon.

Priestverb

(transitive) To ordain as a priest.

Deaconnoun

(Protestantism) Methodism: A separate office from that of minister, neither leading to the other; instead there is a permanent deaconate.

Priestnoun

A presbyter elder; a minister

Deaconnoun

(freemasonry) A junior lodge officer.

Priestnoun

One who officiates at the altar, or performs the rites of sacrifice; one who acts as a mediator between men and the divinity or the gods in any form of religion; as, Buddhist priests.

‘Then the priest of Jupiter . . . brought oxen and garlands . . . and would have done sacrifice with the people.’; ‘Every priest taken from among men is ordained for men in things pertaining to God, that he may offer both gifts and sacrifices for sins.’;

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Deaconnoun

(Mormonism) The lowest office in the Aaronic priesthood, generally held by 12 or 13 year old boys or recent converts.

Priestverb

To ordain as priest.

Deaconnoun

A male calf of a dairy breed, so called because they are usually deaconed (see below).

Priestnoun

a clergyman in Christian churches who has the authority to perform or administer various religious rites; one of the Holy Orders

Deaconnoun

(Scotland) The chairman of an incorporated company.

Priestnoun

a spiritual leader in a non-Christian religion

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Deaconverb

For a choir leader to lead a hymn by speaking one or two lines at a time, which are then sung by the choir.

Priestnoun

an ordained minister of the Catholic, Orthodox, or Anglican Church, authorized to perform certain rites and administer certain sacraments

‘the priest celebrated mass at a small altar off the north transept’;

Deaconverb

To kill a calf shortly after birth.

Priestnoun

a person who performs religious ceremonies and duties in a non-Christian religion

‘the plays were performed within the sacred area of Dionysus, in the presence of his priest’;

Deaconverb

To place fresh fruit at the top of a barrel or other container, with spoiled or imperfect fruit hidden beneath.

Priestnoun

a mallet used to kill fish caught when angling.

Deaconverb

To make sly alterations to the boundaries of (land); to adulterate or doctor (an article to be sold), etc.

Priestverb

ordain to the priesthood

‘he was made deacon in 1990 and priested in 1994’;

Deaconnoun

An officer in Christian churches appointed to perform certain subordinate duties varying in different communions. In the Roman Catholic and Episcopal churches, a person admitted to the lowest order in the ministry, subordinate to the bishops and priests. In Presbyterian churches, he is subordinate to the minister and elders, and has charge of certain duties connected with the communion service and the care of the poor. In Congregational churches, he is subordinate to the pastor, and has duties as in the Presbyterian church.

Priest

A priest is a religious leader authorized to perform the sacred rituals of a religion, especially as a mediatory agent between humans and one or more deities. They also have the authority or power to administer religious rites; in particular, rites of sacrifice to, and propitiation of, a deity or deities.

Deaconnoun

The chairman of an incorporated company.

Deaconverb

To read aloud each line of (a psalm or hymn) before singing it, - usually with off.

Deaconverb

With humorous reference to hypocritical posing: To pack (fruit or vegetables) with the finest specimens on top; to alter slyly the boundaries of (land); to adulterate or doctor (an article to be sold), etc.

Deaconnoun

a Protestant layman who assists the minister

Deaconnoun

a cleric ranking just below a priest in Christian churches; one of the Holy Orders

Deacon

A deacon is a member of the diaconate, an office in Christian churches that is generally associated with service of some kind, but which varies among theological and denominational traditions. Major Christian churches, such as the Catholic Church, the Oriental Orthodox Churches, the Eastern Orthodox Church, the Scandinavian Lutheran Churches and the Anglican Church, including the Free Church of England, view the diaconate as part of the clerical state.

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