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1. Church of England
a. (in Britain) a clergyman appointed to act as priest of a parish from which, formerly, he did not receive tithes but a stipend
b. a clergyman who acts as assistant to or substitute for the rector of a parish at Communion
c. (in the US) a clergyman in charge of a chapel
2. RC Church a bishop or priest representing the pope or the ordinary of a diocese and exercising a limited jurisdiction
3. Church of England a member of a cathedral choir appointed to sing certain parts of the services



(1) In the Late Roman Empire the ruler of an administrative district, or diocese.

(2) In the Orthodox Church an assistant to the eparchial bishop in administering an eparchy.

(3) In the Roman Catholic Church there are general vicars, or assistants to bishops in administering church dioceses, and parish vicars, or assistants to parish priests (cures), who substitute for them when they are ill or absent. There are also apostolic vicars, or papal assistants, most of whom are in remote (missionary) regions. (In 1969 there were 83 apostolic vicars.)

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But whatever local difficulties the vicars choral created for the bishop and dean, there's no doubt that musically and socially they were a vital and integral part of cathedral life.
If composers are the focus of Parts II and III, almost everything else that might be included in such a book is handled in Part I: the function of all types of music within the liturgy, not just the service and the anthem but chant too (including Anglican chant) and organ music; a generic overview of service music and the anthem; the building of organs; the role of vicars choral, minor canons, lay clerks, choristers et al.
Finished in 1348 as a home for the College of the Vicars Choral, it provided the foundation and inspiration for the great music traditions of the city - many of which still exist today.