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Porter (doorkeeper)
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Porter (doorkeeper)

In the former ministry of the Roman Catholic church, as prescribed by the Council of Trent, there were seven Orders; the minor orders of porter, lector, exorcist and acolyte; and the major orders of Subdeacon, Deacon and priest.

The porter/ostiarius had in ancient times the duty of opening and closing the church-door, and of guarding the church. The "minor" and "major" orders were abolished by the Second Vatican Council and replaced by the two Orders of Deacon and Priest.