Using your phone's internet browser
go to:  qna.rediff.com
Click and drag this link to
the Home icon in your browser.
Q.

What is the meaning of Deacon?

Tags: deacon
Asked by dharamender nebhnani, 07 Mar '13 05:52 pm
  Invite a friend  |  
  Save  |  
 Earn 10 points for answering
Answer this question  Earn 10 points for answering    
4000 characters remaining  
  
    
Keep me signed inNew User? Sign up

Answers (9)

1.

A deacon is a servant. He relieves the higher clergy (bishop and presbyter) of their less priestly duties so that they may concentrate on their more specifically sacerdotal ministry.
Answered by Anil K Chugh, 07 Mar '13 05:57 pm

 
  
Report abuse
Useful
 (1)
Not Useful
 (0)
Your vote on this answer has already been received
2.

The term deacon comes from the Greek word "diaconos" which means a servant. However, in the Christian Church, the term is mainly used to describe a man who is training and servicing to become a priest, and is the first 'order' of clergy before being made a priest, but he can also remain a deacon without later becoming a priest. The three levels or 'orders' of ordination are deacon, priest, and bishop. In most cases, a deacon acts as an assistant to a priest.
Rate This Answer
Answered by Joseph Chacko, 07 Mar '13 05:57 pm

 
  
Report abuse
Useful
 (1)
Not Useful
 (0)
Your vote on this answer has already been received
3.

Deacon is a ministry in the Christian Church that is generally associated with service of some kind, but which varies among theological and denominational traditions. In many traditions the "diaconate", the term for a deacon's office, is a clerical office; in others it is for laity.
Answered by LIPSIKA, 07 Mar '13 05:55 pm

 
  
Report abuse
Useful
 (1)
Not Useful
 (0)
Your vote on this answer has already been received
4.

I am not answering. Because Dharmender's questions should activate my mind and not push me to refer an Oxford dictionary. (Am I answering like a trainee priest?)
Answered by venkat ramani ramachandran, 12 Mar '13 08:15 pm

 
  
Report abuse
Useful
 (1)
Not Useful
 (0)
Your vote on this answer has already been received
5.

N Catholicism, a Deacon is a lower form of a priest, a helper basically ( the Greek word Deacon means assistant.) Deacons do not have the authority to forgive sins or consecrate Holy Communion, though they may witness marriages and baptise.In conclusion, Deacons usually help the Priest and read scripture in the Mass.

Lastly, it is not a "low" rank in the Church, as training to become a Deacon takes over 4 years. Deacons can be seen as a higher rank than the standard Lay Person, or possibly even religious Brothers and Sisters.
Source: google search
Answered by anil garg, 07 Mar '13 07:26 pm

 
  
Report abuse
Useful
 (1)
Not Useful
 (0)
Your vote on this answer has already been received
6.

. A cleric ranking just below a priest in the Anglican, Eastern Orthodox, and Roman Catholic churches.
A Protestant layperson who assists the minister in various functions.
Used as a title prefixed to the surname of such a person: Deacon Brown

OR

A deacon, then, is a servant. That's what the word means in Greek and that's what deacons are for: to serve. He relieves the higher clergy (bishop and presbyter) of their less priestly duties that they may concentrate on their more specifically sacerdotal ministry.

The deacon's original and special competence is in the area of charitable work, which was the first area of temporal service in the apostolic Church: a community which had no property or buildings to maintain. A deacon today may be expected to assist - and conceivably direct - the temporary administration of the community. His most valuable ministry, however, will be in the area of leading the community in the exercise of works of mercy.
Source: http://www.acorn.net/stjomelk/deacon.htm
Answered by rajan, 07 Mar '13 06:20 pm

 
  
Report abuse
Useful
 (1)
Not Useful
 (0)
Your vote on this answer has already been received
7.

An ordained minister of an order ranking below that of priest.
Answered by Psycho, 07 Mar '13 06:00 pm

 
  
Report abuse
Useful
 (1)
Not Useful
 (0)
Your vote on this answer has already been received
8.

An ordained minister of an order ranking below that of priest.
it can also be servant or minister
Answered by Ataur Rahman, 07 Mar '13 05:58 pm

 
  
Report abuse
Useful
 (1)
Not Useful
 (0)
Your vote on this answer has already been received
9.

Ministry in Christian Church
Answered by conviction, 07 Mar '13 05:53 pm

 
  
Report abuse
Useful
 (1)
Not Useful
 (0)
Your vote on this answer has already been received

Ask a Question

Get answers from the community

600 characters remaining