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Archimandrite
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The word “archimandrite” derives from the Greek term archimandrites, signifying “head (archos) of the sheepfold (mandra),” and it describes the ecclesiastical office, in the Eastern Christian churches, of a senior monastic clergyman (higher in rank than an ordinary hieromonk, or ordained monastic; church organization). It is usually a priest who is so designated, but in some notable cases in the 5th century CE, the office holder was a monk in deacon’s orders (hierodiakonos; Thalassius of Constantinople, Libellus ad Theodosium, PG 91.1472; Cyr.Alex. Ep. 69), and the Acts of the C…

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McGuckin, John A., “Archimandrite”, in: Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online, General Editor David G. Hunter, Paul J.J. van Geest, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte. Consulted online on 17 September 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2589-7993_EECO_SIM_00000274>
First published online: 2018



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