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The Clergy of the Orthodox church are set apart through the Sacrament of Ordination or the "laying-on-of hands" and are divided into three orders:

1. Deacons; 2. Presbyters or Priest (hiereas); 3. Bishops (Episkopos)

An Orthodox presbyter is either married (usually serving as a parish priest) or celibate, generally belonging to a monastic order (hieromonachos) called "Archimandrite". Bishops are usually chosen from the ranks of the Archimandrites.

 An Orthodox bishop, depending on his jurisdiction and rank, may be called Bishop (usually auxiliary to an Archbishop); Metropolitan (head of a large city or a Diocese); Archbishop (head of an Orthodox country or capital city); Patriarch (head of an ancient or ethnic Church). The bishops of the ancient Sees of Rome and Alexandria are also called Popes. Orthodox clergy of all orders wear the cassock (rasso) in public, but when paricipating in a church service wear the the vestment of their own order and rank. In some Balkan countries (including Greece) they also wear a black cylinder-like hat (kalimafi) on top of which the celibates (excepts deacons) wear a black veil dropping down the back (Epanokalimafkon). An explanation of Orthodox clerical dress is available online.

The form of address for Orthodox clergy varies according to order, rank, and level of education. The most common forms are the following:

TABLE KEY

Gr. = Greek
Sl. = Slavonic


Addressee's Title Form of Address Salutation
The Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople

His All Holiness the Ecumenical Patriarch

Gr. Panagiotatos
Sl. Sviatieishyi

Your All Holiness


Panagiotate
Vashe Sviaschenstvo

Other Patriarchs

His Beatitude the Patriarch of ________

Gr. Makariotatos
Sl. Ego Blazhenstvo

Your Beatitude,

Makariotatev
Vashe Blazhenstvo

Archbishops of independent Churches, Greece, Cyprus, etc.

His Beatitude, the
 Archbishop of ___

(as above)

Archbishops of Crete, America, Australia,        England (under  Ecumenical Patriarchate)

His Eminence

Gr. Sevasmiotatos,
Sl. Ego Vysoko  Preosviashchenstvo

Your Eminence

Sevasmiotate
Vashe Vysokopreos-
viashchenstvo

Metropolitans

(as above)

(as above)

Titular Metropolitan

His Excellency.
Gr. Panierotatos
Sl. Ego Preosviashchenstvo

Your Excellency,
Panierotate
Vashe
Preosviashscentstvo

Bishop

The Right Reverend (Rt.  Rev.) Bishop of ____
Gr. Theophilestatos.  
Sl.  Preosviashchenyishy Vladyka

 Your Grace,

 
 Theophilestate,
Vladyka.

Titular Bishop

(as above)

(as above)

Archimandrite

The Very Reverend Father.

Gr. Apanosiotatos 
Sl. Otets Protopresvyter
Gr. Panosiologiotatos

Dear Reverend, or
Dear Father
Panasiotate
Dorogoe
Panasiologiotate

Presbyter (Priest)

   -married
   -married theologian

   -celibate
   -celibate theologian

Reverend Father 

Gr. Aidesimotatos 
Gr. Aidesimologiotatos
Sl. Otets Protoierei

Gr. Osiotatos
Gr. Osiologiotatos

Dear Reverend, or
Dear Father
Aidesimotate
Aidesimologiotate
Uvazhaemyi
Osiotate
Osiologiotate

Deacon

-Theologian

Reverend Father
Gr. Evlavestatos

Gr. Ierologiotatos
Sl. Ierodiakon

Dear Reverend, or
Dear Father
Evlavestate
Ierologiotate
Bogoslov

Abbot

The Right
Reverend Abbot

Gr. Igoumenos
Sl. Igoumen

Dear Reverend
Father, or Dear
Father
Agie Igoumene
Bogoslov

Abbess

The Reverend Mother
Superior
Gr. Igoumeni

Reverend Mother

Hagia Igoumeni

Monk

Brother
Gr. Adelphos
Sl. Monach

Dear Brother
Adelphe

Nun

Sister
Gr. Adelphi
Sl. Monaschka

Dear Sister
Adelphi
Monashka

Spiritual Father

Gr. Geron
Sl. Vladyka

Geronta
Vladyka

Source: Companion to the Greek Orthodox Church.  Published by the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America.