|1.||Church of England|
|a. (in Britain) a clergyman appointed to act as priest of a parish from which, formerly, he did not receive tithes but a stipend|
|b. a clergyman who acts as assistant to or substitute for the rector of a parish at Communion|
|c. (in the US) a clergyman in charge of a chapel|
|2.||RC Church a bishop or priest representing the pope or the ordinary of a diocese and exercising a limited jurisdiction|
|3.||Church of England lay vicar, Also called: vicar choral a member of a cathedral choir appointed to sing certain parts of the services|
|4.||a person appointed to do the work of another|
|[C13: from Old French vicaire, from Latin vicārius (n) a deputy, from vicārius (adj) |
(from Latin vicarius, "substitute"), an official acting in some special way for a superior, primarily an ecclesiastical title in the Christian Church. In the Roman Empire as reorganized by Emperor Diocletian (reigned 284-305), the vicarius was an important official, and the title remained in use for secular officials in the Middle Ages. In the Roman Catholic Church, "vicar of Christ" became the special designation of the popes starting in the 8th century, and eventually it replaced the older title of "vicar of St. Peter."
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