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Subdeacon
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[German Version]

(Gk ὑποδιάκοvος). In the liturgical hierarchy (II, 2) of the Orthodox Church, the subdeacon stands in fourth place: in first place stands the bishop (III, 2); then follow priest/presbyter (Priesthood: III, 2), deacon (VII), subdeacon (Ipodiakon), reader, psalm singer, baptized laypersons, and, finally, catechumens. The subdeacon assists the bishop serving at the altar in a particular manner. He receives the Eucharist (Communion: III, 3), as do baptized laypersons, before the iconostasis (wall of images). In the worship service today, the subdeacon wears the stoi…

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Schneider, Johann, “Subdeacon”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 05 March 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_10217>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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