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Originally there was no age requirements mentioned when Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery received the Aaronic Priesthood on May 15, 1829.1 Doctrine and Covenants also do not mention a specific age.2 It was a custom early on in the church to generally only ordain adult males, only allowing a small number of youths, but there was no specific doctrine or ...


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The reason that the Church does not ordain women as deacons is similar to that for not ordaining women as priests. (There is a separate question answering that.) In essence, the answer is that the Church only has the power to act with those powers and abilities that Jesus has entrusted to it; it has no capacity do otherwise. For example, Jesus gave priests ...


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There is a very detailed examination of this issue by Margaret Mowczko from an egalitarian perspective (answering in the affirmative) posted here: Was Phoebe a Deacon of the Church in Cenchrea? (Part 1) and here: Was Phoebe a Deacon of the Church in Cenchrea? (Part 2) While the usage of the word διάκονος in scripture is discussed at some length, the ...


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Confession and Mass (specifically, confection of the Eucharist) are the two sacraments where the priest (under the bishop) stands in the person of Christ. That is, in these two sacraments the priest is acting as if he were Christ, using the powers given by Christ to the apostles and handed down to today's bishops and priests. A deacon, though he is ordained, ...


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According to the St. Joseph Foumdation posting on EWTN forums, there is no universal rule. There is no requirement in the universal Church that a deacon's wife be baptized. St. Joseph Foundation via EWTN forums But like many other rules concerning the permenant diaconate, the family commitment to the deacons ordination process is up to the diocesan bishop. ...


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What can Deacons do that a Priest woud never do? The short answer is nothing, at least liturgically speaking. Permanent deacons are permitted to be married and have a family, whereas priests are generally celibate. A few permanent deacons go on to the priesthood after the death of their spouse. However, permanent deacons are of great value to the Church. For ...


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Where did the idea of deacon's benches come from and what are they for? To start with the idea of a deacon’s bench is a somewhat modern terminology for a specific type of bench. In fact the first known usage of this phrase dates back to about 1922. Thus it cannot be claimed as a tradition in any stretch of the imagination, ecclesiastical or secular. By ...


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Catholic Church (CC) deacons, unlike CC bishops and priests, are not considered to have sacerdotal powers to bring present the unique, once for all, redemptive sacrifice of Christ. 1545 The redemptive sacrifice of Christ is unique, accomplished once for all; yet it is made present in the Eucharistic sacrifice of the Church. -Catechism CC- A sacrifice ...


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Why are archdeacons (Anglican, Catholic, or Orthodox) called “The Venerable”? What is the origin, in Latin and English, of this title? I have yet to find a source where where Catholic or Orthodox archdeacons are addressed as “Venerable”. This is a Iliad address used in the Anglican Church for certain archdeacons and priests. An archdeacon historically ...


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