Monday, June 13, 2011

Laodicea - Canon 22

The subdeacon has no right to wear an orarium [i.e., stole], nor to leave the doors.

During the service, the subdeacon was not to have a garb which would infer he was in a higher position.  The overseer was in charge with the subdeacons assisting.  The position at the doors was to assist the catechumens and penitents as they leave and then closing the doors behind them to sequester the faithful for communion.

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