Addressing Orthodox Clergy in Speaking and in Writing

In speaking:
 
 for…
 
 use this title:

 
 Patriarch

 the Metropolitan

 
 His Beatitude the Patriarch of   _____
 or
 His Holiness the Patriarch of_____

 Your Beatitude

 archbishops
 
 Your Grace
 bishops
 
 Your Grace
 archimandrites
 
 Father (religious name)

 or

 Archimandrite (religious name)
 protopresbyters
 
 Protopresbyter (given name)

 or

 Father (given name)
 archpriests
 
 Father (given name)
 priests
 
 Father (given name)
 priest’s wife
 
 Matushka (given name)
 protodeacons
 
 Father Deacon (given name)
 deacons
 
 Father Deacon (given name)
 monastics

 (men)
 
 Igumen (religious name)
 Father Abbot (religious name)
 Brother (religious name)
 monastics

 (women)
 
 Igumena (religious name)
 Mother Abbess (religious name)
 Sister (religious name)
 
 
 
In writing a letter:
 
 for…
 
 use this title:

 
 Patriarch

 the Metropolitan

 

 
 Your Beatitude,
 or
 Your Holiness,

 The Most Blessed (religious name),

 Metropolitan of _____

 address

 archbishops
 
 The Most Reverend (religious name),

 Archbishop of _____

 address
 bishops
 
 The Right Reverend (religious name),

 Bishop of _____

 address
 archimandrites
 
 Rev. Archimandrite (religious name)

 address
 protopresbyters
 
 V. Rev. Protopresbyter (name)

 address
 archpriests
 
 V. Rev. (name)

 address
 priests
 
 Rev. (name)

 address
 priest’s wife
 
 Matushka* (name)

 address
 protodeacons
 
 Rev. Protodeacon (name)

 address
 deacons
 
 Rev. Deacon (name)

 address
 monastics

 (men)
 
 Igumen (religious name)

 address
 Father Abbot (religious name)

 address
 Brother (religious name)

 address
 monastics

 (women)
 
 Igumena (religious name)

 address
 Mother Abbess (religious name)

 address
 Sister (religious name)

 address
 
 
 
In writing a letter:
 
 for…
 
use this greeting:

 Patriarch

 the Metropolitan

 
 Your Beatitude:
 or
 Your Holiness:

 Your Beatitude:

 or

 Dear Metropolitan (religious name):

 archbishops
 
 Your Grace:

 or

 Dear Archbishop (religious name):
 bishops
 
 Your Grace:

 or

 Dear Bishop (religious name):
 archimandrites
 
 Father (religious name):

 or

 Dear Archimandrite (religious name):
 protopresbyters
 
 Protopresbyter (given name):

 or

 Dear Father (given name):
 archpriests
 
 Father (given name):

 or

 Dear Father (given name):
 priests
 
 Father (given name):

 or

 Dear Father (given name):
 priest’s wife
 
 Matushka* (given name):

 or

 Dear Matushka (given name):

 protodeacons
 
 Father Deacon (given name):

 or

 Dear Father Deacon (given name):
 deacons
 
 Father Deacon (given name):

 or

 Dear Father (given name):
 monastics

 (men)
 
 Igumen (religious name):

 or

 Dear Igumen (given name):
 Father Abbot (religious name):

 or

 Dear Father Abbot (religious name):
 Brother (religious name):

 or

 Dear Brother (religious name):
 monastics

 (women)
 
 Igumena (religious name)

 or

 Dear Igumena (given name):
 Mother Abbess (religious name):

 or

 Dear Mother Abbess (religious   name):
 Sister (religious name):

 or

 Dear Sister (religious name):
 

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