subdeacon

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Originated 1275–1325 from Middle English subdecon and -dekene, from Late Latin subdiāconus. See sub- +deacon.

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subdeacon (plural subdeacons)

  1. A Catholic clerical rank below that of a deacon, obsolete in the Roman Catholic Church.
  2. A Catholic cleric who assists the deacon at High Mass and normally reads the Epistle at the Eucharist.

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