I know Baptist have them. A deacon is an elected official of the church but he is not the pastor. He does not usually preach but on occasion he may be asked to fill in and conduct a service.
Yes. All vicars have had to undergo several years' training in theology and ministry and are usually first ordained as a deacon, and then a year later are ordained as a priest. Before they become a vicar in their own right, with their own parish, thay also serve three or four years as an assistant vicar known as an 'assistant curate' under a training vicar, but throughout this time they are still ordained as a priest.
The word, "diakonos," which is transliterated in our English Bibles, "deacon", means a simply a "servant." The New Testament gives examples of both "appointed" servants elected by the church to specific tasks and of "unelected" servants who served the Lord in a general sense in a local church. The noun "diakonos" is used thirty times in the New Testament and in only five of those does it refer to a specifically appointed servant. The word "deacon" means servant. Nothing fancy. Nothing extra-ordinary.
The early church was made up of many classes of people, of various nationalities. The organization of the church at Jerusalem was to serve as a model for the organization of churches in every other place where messengers of truth should win converts to the gospel. Those to whom was given the responsibility of the general oversight of the church were not to lord it over God's heritage, but, as wise shepherds, were to "feed the flock of God,. . . being ensamples to the flock" (1 Peter 5:2, 3); and the deacons were to be "men of honest report, full of the Holy Ghost and wisdom." These men were to take their position unitedly on the side of right and to maintain it with firmness and decision. Thus they would have a uniting influence upon the entire flock.
Deacons are called to serve. The very word "deacon" is taken from the Greek word diakonia, meaning service. However, exactly what a deacon does varies depending upon the needs of those he serves. Deacons have a number of roles and responsibilities within the liturgy or Mass. They include announcing the Penetential rite, proclaiming the Gospel, preaching the Homily, voicing the general intercessions (or petitions), assisting with the Eucharistic gifts, serving as a minister of the Eucharist, purifying the vessels after communion, and dismissing the people at the conclusion of the Mass. Deacons are permitted to assist the Pastor of a parish by Baptizing and officiating at the sacrament of Holy Matrimony. They may also preside at Funeral services (although not at a Funeral Mass) and prayer services including Liturgy of the Word services, morning prayer, and evening prayer (also known as vespers). The roles of deacons outside of the liturgy varies greatly, depending upon the needs of the parish(es) in which they serve. These include: * Administrative roles - such as managing parishes when there is no priest available * Ministry to the sick and aged - pastoral ministry in hospitals and nursing homes. A number of deacons serve as chaplains. * Ministry to the poor * Ministry to those with drug or alcohol problems * Prison Ministry * Ministry to the mentally/physically disabled * Christian education - including teaching CCD, classes for the Order of Christian Initiation, and sacramental preparation (Baptism, Eucharist, Confirmation, and Marriage) * And many more. There are a number of things that deacons cannot do (they are reserved to priests): * They cannot consecrate the Eucharist * They cannot hear confessions * They cannot administer the Anointing of the Sick Most deacons are not paid for their service and volunteer their time out of love for God and the Church.
It would seem that, historically, Catholic deacons would have always been ministers of Holy Communion.
For some centuries, as attested by Justin Martyr, Cyprian of Carthage and others, deacons were the only ministers of communion - even presbyters (priests) had to receive communion from the deacons and were chastised "if, through their presumption, they take the chalice from the table of the Lord unless it is handed to them by the deacon" (Isidore of Seville).
We have evidence of the third century martyr, St. Tarcisius, bringing Communion to prisoners condemned to death when he was assaulted and murdered. He gave up his life rather than surrender the Eucharist to the mob who killed him. He was an acolyte... a minister in 'minor orders' and not even a deacon. Presumably a deacon would be a proper minister of the Eucharist if an acolyte was serving as a minister of Holy Communion. By the 4th century, there was a question presented to the First Council of Nicea which asked if deacons should be allowed to give communion to priests... this practice was forbidden. Again, this implies that deacons were historically engaged in giving Holy Communion.
In the West, the Tridentine practice was to limit deacons as "extraordinary" ministers of the Eucharist... that is, they would minister the Eucharist when the parish priest was unavailable, and then, only at his deputation. A deacon could also preside at and give Eucharistic benediction.
In fact, the re-introduction of deacons as a 'full and permanent order' in the Catholic Church was, among other reasons, an effort to provide proper ministers of communion in remote villages where a priest could not come on a regular basis. The (rather novel) institution of lay extraordinary ministers of the Holy Communion since the council seems to have made this initial reasoning for the permanent diaconate moot. Nonetheless, there is now a fully-restored permanent diaconate in the Western Church, thankfully, to serve in the many valuable ministries of that order.
Current practice of the Church is to recognize deacons, by virtue of their ordination, as 'ordinary' ministers of the Eucharist alongside priests and bishops. They should always accept and undertake this ministry ahead of other lay ministers of Holy Communion at all times unless impeded for a good reason. Deacons normally (but not exclusively) offer the chalice to the faithful when both species are offered.
A Deacon's wife role in the church is light in comparison to her husband's role. The women do participate in Communion and Baptism. It is the women who set up the trays with the grape juice and crackers. Maintain the robe during baptism etc. A deacon's wife is supposed to encourage their husbands by keeping them lifted in prayer, and help them with their duties. As women, we have to be spiritually equipped to minister and pray for others. There are some things that a deacon may have the wife do, such as minister to other women. Basically, be one who encourages others to grow in the Word of God. Sometimes God may call on you to enter a spiritual mother role with a young lady, or you may need to physically step in and give a helping hand. But mainly, be in constant prayer of your husband because you are his "help mate". Stay in constant fellowship with other wives and learn from each other. Be a mentor to someone so that they can become spiritually mature and teach others. (Titus 2:3-5)
Yes, over the left shoulder, resting diagonally from left to right.
> Stephen, he's the leader
Deacons are to assist the Elders in the congregation in organizational matters and spiritual matters. They are not to get drunk, double-tongued, man of one wife and tested for fitness.
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In English there are no masculine or feminine forms. English uses gender specific nouns for a male or a female, such as male and female.
The gender specific noun for a male member of the clergy is deacon.
The gender specific noun for a female member of the clergy is deaconess.
b/c it's a requirement of the church. but honestly if it's a church of true christians it shouldn't matter what you wear.
The pastor is a leader like a shepherd. Both the pastor and the deacons can bring recommendations to the congregation but usually the congregation votes on committees and recommendations by the committees. In the churches that I have seen the pastor has lots of influence but the deacons have the clout. When your deacons and pastor are at cross purposes then you are in danger of a split.
Pastor or Deacons well who really runs the USA President or the Legislature. It's a balance of power.
In the Catholic faith, a deacon can perform a marriage but would be unable to celebrate the Mass that normally goes along with the wedding ceremony.
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No, a married man can be ordained to any of the Holy Orders with proper permission, but every man ordained takes a vow of chastity. In other words, a married man ordained to the diaconate could not remarry if his wife died. So, no, a man already ordained as a deacon is no longer eligible to be married.
A deacon's job isn't supposed to be permanent. Only permanent deacon's jobs are permanent.
Permanent deacons are married men who, with special permission from their wives, become deacons. But they cannot be ordained to priests, they simply just stop at deacon.
Yes, deacons can perform marriage ceremonies with permission of the pastor. However, they could not say a wedding Mass. Only a priest can do that.
To serve the members of the local congregation in any way he can. Visiting the sick, caring for the elderly, widows, orphans, working within the church, planning the budget, and taking car of all church business.
A deacon is the first of the major Orders: Deacon, Priest, and Bishop. Every priest is first ordained a deacon, usually the year before his ordination to the priesthood. Nowadays, there are permanent deacons who do not go on to the priesthood. A deacon, either the transitional deacon (the first) or the permanent deacon (the second) are required to make a vow of lifelong celibacy, which means that they will never marry (note: permanent deacons may be married when they are ordained, but if anything happens to their wife, they may not remarry.)
Deacons may baptize and witness marriages, they are authorized to proclaim the Gospel at Mass, and they may preach. A deacon wears a stole but instead of around his shoulders, he wears it over one shoulder and then crossed across his chest and back, and tied low down on the side.
In both Hebrew and Greek the word for Pastor means Shepard or caretaker, the word Deacon is not used until New Testament times and means minister or servant.
The Pastor should be the leader and teacher and the Deacons are the ones who help the Pastor tend the "flock" by helping take care of the spiritual and sometimes the physical needs. In modern churches the Pastor relies on the Deacons to advise and offer to help with the Pastor'e needs.
As part of the Quorum Presidency, he will share duties concerning the welfare of the members of his Quorum and the duties of the Quorum. In the absence of the Quorum president, he will take the president's responsibilities.
The wife of a Deacon is varied because the name Deacon has differant meanings in differant Religions. In the Catholic Religion a Deacons wife can work go out gambling at night basically do her own thing. In some Protestant Religions the Deacons wife is also the Pastor's wife and she is expected to have afternoon teas with various factions of the church eg; the food bank.the church cleaners, or fund raising commities of which she can be or usually is the chairperson .However, all Deacon's wives are expected to lead morally correct lives and be suportive of the husbands work.
There were seven men chosen by the early Church as deacons.
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