archdeacon

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archdeacon

1. an Anglican clergyman ranking just below a bishop and having supervisory duties under the bishop
2. a clergyman of similar rank in other Churches
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Archdeacon

 

in the hierarchy of the Orthodox Church, a senior deacon, usually the chief deacon of the central cathedral of an eparchy. The archdeacon is a member of the “white,” or non-monastic clergy.

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