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A '''cantor''' (also called a chanter, psaltis) is a lay person who may assist the priest by chanting responses and hymns in the services or sacraments of the church.
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A '''cantor''', also called a '''chanter''' (in Greek, ψάλτης, ''psaltis''; in Slavonic, Пѣвецъ,  ''pievets''), is a lay person in [[minor orders]] who chants responses and hymns in the services of the church.  Particularly in the [[Byzantine Chant|Byzantine tradition]], the cantor in charge of doing the music for a service is referred to as the '''''protopsaltis''''' (προτοψάλτης), a term which may also refer to an office within a [[diocese]] or whole [[jurisdiction]].
  
In modern use, the role of the cantor has been replaced, to some extent, by choirs. In this setting, the cantor is sometimes considered the choir director or the person to lead in congregational singing.
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In modern use, the role of the cantor has been replaced in some traditions by choirs. In this setting, the cantor is sometimes considered the choir director or the person to lead in congregational singing.
  
In Judaism, the cantor is called a hazzan.
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In churches of the Greek tradition, cantors and men who sing at the [[kliros]] will often wear an [[exorasson]].  
  
==See Also==
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==See also==
 
*[[Reader]]
 
*[[Reader]]
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*[[Minor orders]]
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*[[Lampadarios]]
  
 
==Sources==
 
==Sources==
*[http://www.goarch.org/en/ourfaith/articles/article8049.asp A Dictionary of Orthodox Terminology - Part 1]
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*[http://www.goarch.org/ourfaith/ourfaith8049 A Dictionary of Orthodox Terminology - Part 1]
  
 
==External link==
 
==External link==
*[http://www.chrysostom.org/andrew/texts/Readers-and-Cantors.pdf Readers, Cantors, and Church Music in Early Eastern Christian Worship], by [[User:ASDamick|Andrew Stephen Damick]]
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*[http://pages.prodigy.net/frjohnwhiteford/readers.htm Instructions . . . For the Church Reader]
 
*[http://pages.prodigy.net/frjohnwhiteford/readers.htm Instructions . . . For the Church Reader]
  
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Latest revision as of 10:33, September 11, 2011

A cantor, also called a chanter (in Greek, ψάλτης, psaltis; in Slavonic, Пѣвецъ, pievets), is a lay person in minor orders who chants responses and hymns in the services of the church. Particularly in the Byzantine tradition, the cantor in charge of doing the music for a service is referred to as the protopsaltis (προτοψάλτης), a term which may also refer to an office within a diocese or whole jurisdiction.

In modern use, the role of the cantor has been replaced in some traditions by choirs. In this setting, the cantor is sometimes considered the choir director or the person to lead in congregational singing.

In churches of the Greek tradition, cantors and men who sing at the kliros will often wear an exorasson.

See also

Sources

External link

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