from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun Roman Catholic Church One who is ordained in the lowest of the former minor orders.
- noun A church doorkeeper.
from The Century Dictionary.
- noun In the early church and in the Roman Catholic Church, the doorkeeper of a church.
- noun The porter of a monastery.
- noun A mouth of a river.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun rare The mouth of a river; an estuary.
- noun One who keeps the door, especially the door of a church; a porter.
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- noun The
mouthof a river; an estuary.
- noun One who keeps the door, especially the door of a church; a
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- noun the lowest of the minor Holy Orders in the unreformed Western Church but now suppressed by the Roman Catholic Church
- noun someone who guards an entrance
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
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In Western Europe the office of the ostiary was the lowest grade of the minor clergy.
In the Roman period all houses of the better class had an ostiarius, or ostiary, whose duties were considered very inferior.
Later, however, in the Latin Church the office of ostiary universally remained only one of the degrees of ordination and the actual work of the ostiary was transferred to the laity,
According to the statement, of the "Liber Pontificalis" (ed. Duchesne, I, 155) an ostiary named Romanus suffered martyrdom in 258 at the same time as
Sicily Pope Gelasius says that for admission into the clergy it was necessary that the candidate could read (must, therefore, have a certain amount of education), for without this prerequisite an applicant could, at the most, only fill the office of an ostiary
All the orders except the minor order of ostiary are enumerated by the early African writers.
This is shown by the epitaph of one Ursatius, an ostiary of Trier (Corpus inscr. latin.,
An ostiary of the church of Salona is also mentioned in an epitaph (Corpus inscr.
In the purely legendary Acts of St. Lawrence, the ostiary Romanus is transformed into a soldier, and an account in accordance with this statement was inserted in the historical martyrologies and in the present Roman Martyrology, which latter places his feast on 9 August (cf. Duchfourcq, "Les Gesta