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A hieromonk (Gk ἱερομόναχος/hieromónachos) is an Orthodox monk (Monasticism: III) who also serves as a priest (Priesthood: III, 3). Since its beginnings in Late Antiquity, Eastern monasticism has remained fundamentally a separate group within the church, distinct from both clergy (Clergy and laity: I, 2) and laity (III, 2). Therefore the monks allow only as many of their number to be ordained as priests as are absolutely necessary for the liturgy of the hours (IV) and the eucharistic liturgy (VI) (Typicon). A hieromonk can be elected and consecrated bishop.…

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Schneider, Johann, “Hieromonk”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 07 March 2021 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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