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Hierodeacon
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[German Version]

A hierodeacon (Gk ἱεροδιάκονος) is an Orthodox monk (Monasticism: III) who officiates as deacon (VII) during the liturgy of the hours (IV) and the regular liturgy (VI). The number of deacons consecrated as hierodeacons or as hieromonks is limited, because only as many receive ordination (II) as are absolutely necessary for the conduct of the religious service in the monastery church. Like the priest-monks, the deacon-monks hold no elevated rank in the monastery, except during worship. They are subject to the same mo…

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Schneider, Johann, “Hierodeacon”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 26 February 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_09802>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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