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Another term for saying "Opener" in a Christian devotion.

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I will enquire more about it and let you know. keep learning. – vickyace Apr 20 '14 at 4:55
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The opening prayer in a Christian devotion is usually called "the invocation". I have never heard the term "the invocator". I have heard, "She will lead the invocation" or "He will give the invocation".

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precentor - a person who leads a congregation in its singing or prayers.

cantor and chorister are other words you might wanna consider.

cantor - 1.choir leader 2 : a synagogue official who sings or chants liturgical music and leads the congregation in prayer

chorister - A person who leads the singing of a church choir or congregation

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My question is: How do you call a person who does the opening prayer in a devotion. Can that be called 'precentor'? Mostly He may not be the one who leads the devotion. – Mawia HL Apr 20 '14 at 4:30
Yes, he can be called a precentor (because a devotion is an act, usually a prayer, or song or something else). – vickyace Apr 20 '14 at 4:37
The chairperson stands up and says, "Now, let's call upon the precentor(in stead of saying opener)". Is this sentence correct? – Mawia HL Apr 20 '14 at 4:43
yes, the message will be delivered and the implications will be understood. if there isn't a church-authorized term for it, then precentor will do. – vickyace Apr 20 '14 at 4:49
The compound noun 'worship leader' is now well established; it probably derives from 'Would you lead us in worship on Sunday, Angela(?)' 'Lead [us] in prayer is also quite acceptable, so 'prayer leader' may be on its way. A snag is that 'worship leader' is an obviously important position needing not just any believer, whereas all members of a congregation should be able to lead prayers – 'prayer leader' would be less of a ministry description, more a localised, one-off description, and might not sound right. – Edwin Ashworth Apr 20 '14 at 13:22

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