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English translation: church attendant

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German term or phrase:Kirchenschweitzer
English translation:church attendant
Entered by: Johanna Timm, PhD
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17:24 Feb 8, 2001
German to English translations [PRO]
German term or phrase: Kirchenschweizer
This word appears in a letter describing a visit to a German cathedral:
Der vorne knieende Domkapitular muss wohl esrtaunt gewesen sein, während die anwesenden Beter und die Aufsicht habenden Kirchenschweizer sehr erbaut waren.
I have never heard of this (profession/title?) before and would appreciate any leads!
Johanna Timm, PhD
Canada
Local time: 06:34
church attendant(s)
Explanation:
>>An der Spitze der Prozession geht der "Kirchenschweitzer", eine Art Kirchendiener, der für die Ordnung in der Kirche und das Tempo bei der Prozession zuständig ist.<<
http://www.sonntagsblatt.bistum-wuerzburg.de/Sobla2398/VorOR...

1913 wird ein so genannter "Kirchenschweitzer" bestimmt, der fuer Ordnung in der Kirche waehrend der Gottesdienste zu sorgen hatte und gleichzeitig wird eine Kirchenordnung erlassen.
http://www.rz-home.de/~werner.schumacher/pfarrei02.htm

Historischer Umzug 1050 Jahre Reimsbach. Kelten. Römer. Abt. Revolutionär.
Lothringer. alte Kirche. Kirchenschweitzer. Pastor. Fahne. ...
http://www.thiel.onlinehome.de/1050-2.htm
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Tom Funke
Local time: 09:34
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Thanks, Tom, for the quick and fitting answer!
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nasexton, sacristan, vergerprofile removed
nathe members of the local Swiss GuardUschi (Ursula) Walke
nachurch attendant(s)
Tom Funke


  

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church attendant(s)


Explanation:
>>An der Spitze der Prozession geht der "Kirchenschweitzer", eine Art Kirchendiener, der für die Ordnung in der Kirche und das Tempo bei der Prozession zuständig ist.<<
http://www.sonntagsblatt.bistum-wuerzburg.de/Sobla2398/VorOR...

1913 wird ein so genannter "Kirchenschweitzer" bestimmt, der fuer Ordnung in der Kirche waehrend der Gottesdienste zu sorgen hatte und gleichzeitig wird eine Kirchenordnung erlassen.
http://www.rz-home.de/~werner.schumacher/pfarrei02.htm

Historischer Umzug 1050 Jahre Reimsbach. Kelten. Römer. Abt. Revolutionär.
Lothringer. alte Kirche. Kirchenschweitzer. Pastor. Fahne. ...
http://www.thiel.onlinehome.de/1050-2.htm


    see above
Tom Funke
Local time: 09:34
Native speaker of: English
PRO pts in pair: 2419
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Thanks, Tom, for the quick and fitting answer!

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the members of the local Swiss Guard


Explanation:
Schweizergarde (Swiss Guard) is the name of the corps of guards employed by the Vatican. Originally they were Swiss. But maybe this is not common knowledge.
How about Honorary Church Guards?


    Roman Catholic myself
Uschi (Ursula) Walke
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Native speaker of: Native in GermanGerman
PRO pts in pair: 492

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sexton, sacristan, verger


Explanation:
Following Tom's lead, a synonym would be "Kirchendiener". According to Langenscheidt, there are three possible translations into English.

"Verger" is chiefly British usage; so, depending on your target audience, choose wisely. Personally, I would go with sacristan, as this seems to be the more traditional and universal word in English.


    Langenscheidt, Random House
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