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vicar

A vicar is a member of the clergy who is not high-ranking but is still considered a holy representative of the church.

Vicars are set slightly below the official head of a congregation or parish, sometimes acting as an agent or substitute clergyman. Originally considered an earthly go-between for man and God, the meaning of the word moved diminished as the vicar became sort of a "deputy" priest or parson. You can find a vicar in the Church of England, and also in the Episcopal and Roman Catholic churches. Consider that "vicarious" means something taking another's place — that's what a vicar does.

Definitions of vicar
  1. noun
    a Roman Catholic priest who acts for another higher-ranking clergyman
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    priest
    a clergyman in Christian churches who has the authority to perform or administer various religious rites; one of the Holy Orders
  2. noun
    (Church of England) a clergyman appointed to act as priest of a parish
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    clergyman, man of the cloth, reverend
    a member of the clergy and a spiritual leader of the Christian Church
  3. noun
    (Episcopal Church) a clergyman in charge of a chapel
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    type of:
    clergyman, man of the cloth, reverend
    a member of the clergy and a spiritual leader of the Christian Church
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