A novice at the first stage of his diaconate.

His duty is to look after the sacred vessels of the liturgy. In the early days of the he was required to watch over the doors and make sure that no stranger or heretic entered. After he has acquired sufficient experience, a subdeacon may be elevated to a deacon.


  • Burmester, O. H. E. The Egyptian or Coptic Church. Cairo, 1967.