Friday, June 10, 2011

Laodicea - Canon 20

It is not right for a deacon to sit in the presence of a presbyter, unless he be bidden by the presbyter to sit down.  Likewise the deacons shall have worship of the subdeacons and all the clergy.

There was a proper hierarchy in the fourth-century church and onward that was evidenced by specific matters of protocol.  This carried from overseer to elder, then deacon, sub-deacon, and whomever else was in an ordained position.  The reason for this was to teach humility and curb the pursuit of such a position.

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