Religious Roles

Archbishop

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Archbishop. A senior bishop in charge of a wide area, sometimes known as a province, in the Church of England, Roman Catholic Church, Lutheran Church, and other denominations.

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Bishop

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Bishop. In some Churches (eg Roman Catholic, Anglican, Lutheran) a Bishop is the spiritual leader of a geographical area known as a diocese.

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Cantor

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Cantor (Latin term for a singer). The member of a choir who sings solo passages to which the congregation responds.

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Celebrant

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Celebrant. The person who conducts a ceremony such as a wedding; the person who leads a church service that includes Holy Communion.

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Chair of the District (Methodist)

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Chair of the District (Methodist). The overall leader of the group of Methodist churches within a geographical area.

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Churchwarden

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Churchwarden. A lay (non-ordained) officer in a local church, with administrative and other duties.

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Circuit Ministers (Methodist)

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Circuit Ministers (Methodist). One of the team of ministers who serve a group of local churches.

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Clergy

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Clergy. All those who have been ordained for religious duty, especially for the Christian Church.

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Curate (clergy)

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Curate (clergy). An ordained person who is an assistant to a vicar, rector or priest.

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Deacon (in the Church of England)

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Deacon (in the Church of England). An curate who has completed their initial training and has been ordained as a deacon to serve in a parish until they are then priested. While a deacon they cannot preside at Holy Communion/Eucharist nor perform marriage ceremonies.

See also: Deacon

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Dean

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Dean. A senior member of the Anglican clergy on the staff of a cathedral.

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High Priest

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of High Priest. High priests had special responsibilities and duties within the temple. They were required to be of a higher standard of holiness and had to abide by rules and laws even more strict than those which other Jewish priests had to obey. High priests wore garments including a breastpiece an ephodof in colours of gold, purple, blue, and scarlet.

See also: Priest (in Biblical times – Jewish) and Priest (modern day) / Vicar and Sadducees and Pharisee and Scribe (in Biblical times)

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Laity

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Laity. People who are not members of the clergy.

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Lay / Laity

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Lay / Laity. People who are not ordained.

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Levite

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Levite. A member of the tribe of Levi, ie a descendent of Jacob’s son Levi. Levites served in the Temple.

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