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OSTIARIUS

A porter or doorkeeper, one of the minor orders, and lowest in rank. Under Pope Paul VI the order was suppressed and absorbed into the two ministries that replaced the minor orders, namely reader and acolyte. (Etym. Latin ostium, door, entrance.)

All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.

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