In my nineteenth year I was admitted to the diaconate, in my thirtieth to the priesthood, both by the hands of the most reverend Bishop John (of Hexham), and at the bidding of Abbot Ceolfrid.
This ancient idea of the diaconate, ignored in the Roman Pontifical, has been restored in the English ordinal.
The minor orders, and even the subdiaconate and diaconate, are now regarded as no more than steps to the priesthood.
Some account has been already given of scholastic opinion on presbyteral ordination to the diaconate and even to the priesthood.
The first definite reference to the diaconate occurs in St Paul's Epistle to the Philippians (i.
The traditionary position of the diaconate as one of the "three orders" is here maintained.
- In these (which of course include Baptists) the diaconate is a body of laymen appointed by the members of the church to act as a management committee and to assist the minister in the work of the church.