Father, Vladyka - how to contact a priest, a bishop?
In business etiquette, everything is clear: call a person by name and patronymic. But in the Church is not so simple. How to contact a priest? Who is the Lord? Who are mothers really?
"Batyushka, bless ..."
Some people will be puzzled to ask: what is so complicated about this: you are dealing with a priest - contact “father such and such”, if with a bishop - “Lord”. But in life, puns are often obtained.
I remember how my aunt, a church man, said: “His Holiness Patriarch Alexy came to our city. A lot of people gathered. And I stand, and I still hold the child in my arms. Look: Holy passes. And I, by the simplicity of my soul, scream: Father, bless! Then it became so embarrassing ... ".
This story looks ridiculous, but we are accustomed to call everyone “priests”. And how to address the priests of different degrees of hierarchy - the deacon, priest, bishop, etc.? How to call monasteries monks? The book of the Bishop Mark (Golovkov) “The Church Protocol” will help us answer this question.
Features of spiritual etiquette
If you are speaking to a monk who has no spiritual dignity, call him “honest brother” or “father.”
It is customary to call the deacons "father deacon" or "father (name)."
Priest and hieromonk are referred to as “Your Rev.” or “Father (name)”.
The “Your Reverend” form is addressed to Archpriest, Abbot and Archimandrite.
"Fathers" are usually taken in oral speech to call priests - this is the second degree of the priesthood (in other words, those who are higher than deacons, but lower than bishops).
The “bishop” (or the Church Slavonic version of “Vladyko”) is usually referred to the bishops. If this is an official appeal, then “Your Eminence”, “His Grace Vladyka” is better.
Archbishops and Metropolitans should be called “Your Eminence” or “Eminence Vladyka / Vladyka”.
Finally, the Patriarch, who is not in vain called “His Holiness”, should be referred to “Your Holiness”.
Sometimes getting a hint to the question "how to contact the priest / person of the priesthood" will help form a dating. The clergy themselves, when they introduce themselves, call their dignity and name: Archpriest Vyacheslav, archdeacon Eugene, and so on.
It is not customary to call themselves fathers. This view may be related to the gospel lines: "".
But it is quite acceptable to refer to someone who helps you grow in faith.
Another nuance, already from the practice of the priests themselves. There are people, especially those far from the church, who find it difficult to give spiritual etiquette. Therefore, sometimes the priests make concessions and say: you can call me by name and patronymic.
I would like to jokingly ask such people: But if you came to the reception to the Queen of England or to the Prince of Monaco, would you turn to them as you would to school teachers?
Appeal to novices and nuns
If it is already clear how to address the clergy, then there are still questions about how to name the nuns of the monastery. Novices and nuns are usually called sisters. Pay attention to another form of treatment: by analogy with the priests, it is customary for us to call all females mothers.
On this occasion, I remembered the case told by the spiritual father.
One priest very often recalled his spouse: "My mother ...", "And my mother ...". One schiarchimandrite heard this and said: “Yes, what kind of mother it is! Popadya, not mother! It is only in the monastery there is a mother. Yes, and only one.
Therefore, the widespread appeal of our “mother” in women's monasteries is correctly attributed only to the Superior.
In the official correspondence with the Abbess, you can use the option "Honorable Mother".
We hope that next time you will know exactly how to turn to a priest, how to call a bishop or metropolitan, what form of address to the abbess of the monastery to choose.
Prepared by Victoria Kravchuk
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