- a member of the clerical order next below that of deacon.
Origin of subdeacon
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Historical Examples of subdeacon
When the pope says mass pontifically the subdeacon is always an auditor.
Brother Fray Francisco Cavallero, subdeacon, of the same convent.
Brother Fray Bernardino Membride, subdeacon, of the same convent.
It is supported by the subdeacon habited in the tunic or tonacella.The Ceremonies of the Holy-Week at Rome
Charles Michael Baggs
The Emperor divested himself of the symbols of the empire, and now ministered to the Pope as subdeacon at mass.
- a cleric who assists at High Mass
- (formerly) a person ordained to the lowest of the major orders