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Information on the forms of addresses and salutations for Orthodox Christian Clergy.

Forms of Addresses and Salutations for Orthodox Clergy

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 participating 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 (except deacons) wear a black veil dropping down the back (Epanokalimafkon).

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

 

Gr. = Greek        Sl. = Slavonic

Addressee's Title  Form of Address Salutation

1. The Ecumenical
 Patriarch of
 Constantinople

His All Holiness the Ecumenical Patriarch
Gr. Panagiotatos
Sl. Sviatieishyi

Your All Holiness

Panagiotate
Vashe Sviaschenstvo

2. Other Patriarchs

His Beatitude the Patriarch
 of ________
Gr. Makariotatos
Sl. Ego Blazhenstvo

Your Beatitude,

Makariotatev
Vashe Blazhenstvo

3. Archbishops of independent Churches, Greece, Cyprus, etc.

His Beatitude, the
 Archbishop of ___

(as above)


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

 
His Eminence
Gr. Sevasmiotatos,
Sl. Ego Vysoko  Preosviashchenstvo


Your Eminence
Sevasmiotate
Vashe Vysokopreos-
viashchenstvo

5. Metropolitans

(as above)

(as above)

6. Titular Metropolitan

His Excellency.
Gr. Panierotatos
Sl. Ego Preosviashchenstvo

Your Excellency,
Panierotate
Vashe
Preosviashscentstvo

7. Bishop

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

Your Grace,

 
 Theophilestate,
Vladyka.

8. Titular Bishop

(as above)

(as above)

9. Archimandrite

The Very Reverend Father.

Gr. Apanosiotatos 
Sl. Otets Protopresvyter
Gr. Panosiologiotatos

Dear Reverend, or
Dear Father
Panasiotate
Dorogoe
Panasiologiotate

10. 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

11. Deacon


    -Theologian

Reverend Father

Gr. Evlavestatos
Gr. Ierologiotatos
Sl. Ierodiakon

Dear Reverend, or
Dear Father Evlavestate
Ierologiotate Bogoslov

12. Abbot

The Right
Reverend Abbot

Gr. Igoumenos
Sl. Igoumen

 Dear Reverend
 Father, or Dear
 Father
 Agie Igoumene
Bogoslov

13. Abbess

The Reverend Mother
Superior
Gr. Igoumeni

Reverend Mother

Hagia Igoumeni

14. Monk

Brother
Gr. Adelphos
Sl. Monach

Dear Brother
Adelphe

15. Nun

Sister
Gr. Adelphi
Sl. Monaschka

Dear Sister
Adelphi
Monashka

16. Spiritual Father

Gr. Geron
Sl. Vladyka

Geronta
Vladyka