a member of the clerical order next below that of deacon.
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How to use subdeacon in a sentence
“From 17 to 82,” said an Orthodox subdeacon named Richard Jendras.Ukrainians in U.S. Warn: ‘Mr. Putin, Heroes Do Not Die’ | Michael Daly | April 1, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Thus, on July 2d, 1814, Vianney received subdeacon's orders and about twelve month's later those of deacon.
This Ethelwulfe minding in his youth to haue bene a priest, entered into the orders as subdeacon, and as some write, Henrie Hunt.Chronicles (1 of 6): The Historie of England (6 of 8) | Raphael Holinshed
On other occasions the girded alb and the amice are often worn by the deacon and subdeacon.The Worship of the Church | Jacob A. Regester
He there said mass, St. Rusticus performing the part of deacon and Eleutherus that of subdeacon.A Philosophical Dictionary, Volume 4 (of 10) | Franois-Marie Arouet (AKA Voltaire)
When the pope says mass pontifically the subdeacon is always an auditor.
British Dictionary definitions for subdeacon
a cleric who assists at High Mass
(formerly) a person ordained to the lowest of the major orders
- subdeaconate (sʌbˈdiːkənɪt), noun
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