Step back in time and explore the positions of deacon and deaconess from apostolic times to the Reformation. Engaging nearly 500 primary sources, Caspar Ziegler's detailed study illustrates the life of the Church as recorded by interpreters of canon law. Church workers and laity curious about how these vocations of mercy have evolved through the years will appreciate this translation of the historic text.
Foreword by Matthew C. Harrison
An index of Latin and Greek terms relating to clergy and the diaconate
Hundreds of scholarly footnotes from many non-English, European resources