Hierarchy May Not Mean What You Think It Means…

By Fr. Antonios Kaldas One of the criticisms of the Orthodox Churches that is often raised is that it has a rigid hierarchical and even patriarchal structure, a hierarchy of patriarchs, bishops, priests and deacons who run everything in the church, while Protestant structures are more democratic, more ‘congregation-friendly’. As you will have no doubt... Continue Reading →

The Roles & Duties of the Deacon

By Matthew George Despite being a blessing and a privilege, the role of a deacon is not one of superiority or entitlement. The position of a deacon is one of responsibility, service and duty, earned through virtue and labour. This article will give a brief overview of what is expected of a deacon and how... Continue Reading →

The Ranks of the Deaconate

By Matthew George The order of the deaconate forms one side of the triangle of priesthood, which is made up of: The order of deacons The order of priests The order of bishops Within the order of deacons exist five discrete ranks, to each of which is traditionally assigned specific duties to perform in the... Continue Reading →

Bishops

Fr. Peter Farrington – St George Ministry – Coptic Mission Communities in the UK From the earliest years of the Church the role of bishop, or episkopos, has developed as a means of preserving the ministry of the Apostles into the more settled situation of organised Christian communities. The Apostle Paul, in his letters to Timothy... Continue Reading →

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