See also:bearer in the Christian
See also:Church . From an early
See also:period men have been set apart, under the title of anagnostae, lectores, or readers, for the purpose of
See also:Holy Scripture in church . We do not know what the
See also:custom of the Church was in the first two centuries, the earliest reference to readers, as an
See also:order, occurring in the writings of
See also:Tertullian (De praescript. haeret. cap . 41); there are frequent allusions to them in the writings of St Cyprian and afterwards . Cornelius,
See also:bishop of Rome in A.D . 251-252, in a well-known
See also:letter mentions readers among the various church orders then existing at Rome . In the Apostolic Church Order (
See also:canon 19), mentionis made of the qualifications and duties of a reader, but no reference is made to their method of ordination . In the Apostolic Didascalia there is recognition of three minor orders of men, subdeacons, readers and singers, in addition to two orders of
See also:women, deaconesses and widows . A century later, in the Apostolic Constitutions, we find not only a recognition of readers, but also a
See also:form of
See also:admission provided for them, consisting of the imposition of hands and prayer (
See also:lib. viii. cap . 22) . In Africa the imposition of hands was not in use, but a Bible was handed to the newly appointed reader with words of commission to read it, followed by a prayer and a benediction (
See also:Fourth Council of
See also:Carthage, can . 8) .
This is theritual of the
See also:Roman Church of to-
See also:day . With regard to age, the novels of Justinian (No . 123) forbade any one to be admitted to the office of reader under the age of eighteen . (F . E .
LECTISTERNIUM (from Lat. lectum sternere, "to sprea...
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