Addressing Orthodox Clergy in Speaking and in Writing


In speaking:

for . . .

use this title:


Patriarch



the Metropolitan

His Beatitude the Patriarch of _____
or
His Holiness the Patriarch of_____

Your Beatitude

archbishops

Your Grace

bishops

Your Grace

archimandrites

Father (religious name)
or
Archimandrite (religious name)


protopresbyters

Protopresbyter (given name)
or
Father (given name)


archpriests

Father (given name)

priests

Father (given name)

priest's wife

Matushka (given name)

protodeacons

Father Deacon (given name)

deacons

Father Deacon (given name)

monastics
(men)

Igumen (religious name)
Father Abbot (religious name)
Brother (religious name)
monastics
(women)

Igumena (religious name)
Mother Abbess (religious name)
Sister (religious name)


In writing a letter:

for . . .

use this title:


Patriarch



the Metropolitan



Your Beatitude,
or
Your Holiness,

The Most Blessed (religious name),
Metropolitan of _____
address


archbishops

The Most Reverend (religious name),
Archbishop of _____
address


bishops

The Right Reverend (religious name),
Bishop of _____
address


archimandrites

Rev. Archimandrite (religious name)
address


protopresbyters

V. Rev. Protopresbyter (name)
address


archpriests

V. Rev. (name)
address


priests

Rev. (name)
address


priest's wife

Matushka* (name)
address


protodeacons

Rev. Protodeacon (name)
address


deacons

Rev. Deacon (name)
address


monastics
(men)

Igumen (religious name)
address
Father Abbot (religious name)
address
Brother (religious name)
address


monastics
(women)

Igumena (religious name)
address
Mother Abbess (religious name)
address
Sister (religious name)
address


In writing a letter:

for . . .

use this greeting:


Patriarch



the Metropolitan

Your Beatitude:
or
Your Holiness:

Your Beatitude:
or
Dear Metropolitan (religious name):


archbishops

Your Grace:
or
Dear Archbishop (religious name):


bishops

Your Grace:
or
Dear Bishop (religious name):


archimandrites

Father (religious name):
or
Dear Archimandrite (religious name):


protopresbyters

Protopresbyter (given name):
or
Dear Father (given name):


archpriests

Father (given name):
or
Dear Father (given name):


priests

Father (given name):
or
Dear Father (given name):


priest's wife

Matushka* (given name):
or
Dear Matushka (given name):


protodeacons

Father Deacon (given name):
or
Dear Father Deacon (given name):


deacons

Father Deacon (given name):
or
Dear Father (given name):


monastics
(men)

Igumen (religious name):
or
Dear Igumen (given name):
Father Abbot (religious name):
or
Dear Father Abbot (religious name):
Brother (religious name):
or
Dear Brother (religious name):


monastics
(women)

Igumena (religious name)
or
Dear Father (given name):
Mother Abbess (religious name):
or
Dear Mother Abbess (religious name):
Sister (religious name):
or
Dear Sister (religious name):




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