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ARCHDEACON avrcidia,konoj. The title and exact function were coined in the 4th c. Optatus of Milevis first used the term to indicate Caecilian’s office at Carthage before his episcopate De schism. Donat. 1,16: PL 9, 916; a few decades later Athanasius is called archdeacon of Alexandria Gelasius of C., HE 2,7,44: PG 85, 1244A. The archdeacon was the senior deacon, but since his office was of considerable importance, he was not elected by the other deacons but appointed by the bishop, regardless of his age Anatolius of CP, Ep. 132,2 among the letters of Leo the Gr.; Theod., HE 1,26,3; Soz., HE 6,30; 8,9; Pall., Vita Chr. 2. Both the term and the institution of the archdeacon appeared and developed in the course of the 4th and 5th c., in both East and West. While the number of deacons varied in each church Rome remained faithful to the number seven there was only one archdeacon: “Every church has one bishop, one archpriest, one archdeacon” Jerome, Ep. 125,15. When the bishop wanted to get rid of him, sub honoris specie, he promoted him to the presbyterate Jerome, Comm. ad Ez. 14,48: PL 25, 484; Leo the Gr., Ep. 111,2. The archdeacon had a liturgical role: at Alexandria he read the gospel; at Constantinople he could delegate another to do so Soz., HE 7,19,6. He was the bishop’s closest collaborator Const. apost. 2,57,16; Pall., Vita Chr. 2: PG 47, 9; for this reason, besides being head of the deacons, he was responsible for the ecclesiastica negotia see Leo the Gr., Ep. 112,1, indeed, of the dispensationem totius causae et curiae Leo the Gr., Ep. 111,2, and esp. the organization of all of the community’s charitable work Counc. of Carth., 398, can. 17; Isid. of P., Ep. 1,29: PG 78, 200C; Statuta Ec. ant. 7, ed. Munier; Gelas., Epist. Fr.: PL 59, 100. He oversaw discipline Optatus of M.: De sch. don. 1,16; Leo the Gr., Ep. 111,2; controlled ordinations and looked after young clergy Statuta Ec. ant. 94, ed. Munier; stood in for the bishop in his absence Counc. of Chal. ACO II, 1,2 p. 42, 8; and could represent him even in councils, where he could also speak Mansi VI, 568; 569; 616;  VII, 404; 433. For this reason esp. at Rome he was often the bishop’s successor.Archdeacon – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia travelquaz

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