But God gives help! For He is our great Helper9 and "a very present help in trouble."10 He is merciful and gracious,11 of great kindness,12 full of compassion and plenteous in grace,13 overflowing in lovingkindness and tender in pity.14 The Lord has instituted human Officers through whose actions He Himself helps mankind, so that it is as His Officers that they are to help their fellow man.15 And He gives much of His help to man through the services of — priestly Deacons.16
THE DIACONATE AND PRIESTLY SERVICE
The Diaconate means priestly service. For the root meanings of the Hebrew and Greek words for "priest" and "deaconly service" and their related concepts, shed much light on our study.