Addressing Clerics

The Teacher of Righteousness is referred to as “His Holiness” (or “Qadishuta”) Mar Chayim bar Ya’aqub ha’Tzadiq. When addressing the Teacher, one says, “Your Holiness”.

The Catholicos Patriarch is referred to as “His Holiness” (or “Qadishuta”) Mar David. When addressing the Catholicos, one says, “Your Holiness”.

The Mebeqqar of a Spiritual Community is referred to as “His Excellency Mar (first name)” and when addressing him, “Your Excellency.”

The Paqid is referred to and addressed as “Right Reverend Father Paqid,” or simply “Reverend Paqid.”

A Bishop is referred to as “His/Her Grace Mar (first name)” and addressed as “Your Grace”.

Archdeacons, Archdeaconesses, and priests are referred to and addressed as “Reverend Father/Mother (first name).” When addressing these particular clerics, one is permitted to simply say, “Reverend Father” or “Reverend Mother” depending on whether the cleric is a man or woman. In cases where there is a higher level of familiarity with the individual and in less formal situations, a simple “Father” or “Mother” is suitable.

Deacon and deaconesses are referred to and addressed as “Reverend Deacon”. In some liturgical situations, a lay person may address a deacon as “Your Reverence.”

Monks are referred to as “Monk (first name)” and addressed as “Reverend Brother”. Similarly, nuns are referred to as “Nun (first name)” and addressed as “Reverend Sister”. In less formal situations, a simple “Brother/Sister (first name)” is sufficient. The head of a monastery is referred to as “Reverend Father”, “Reverend Mother”. If the head of the monastery is a hieromonk, he is referred to as “Reverend Father Hieromonk (first name).

While Patriarchs and Archbishops are rare, there are some in retirement or serving as brethren in cloistered monasteries. A Patriarch is referred to as “His Eminence,” and addressed as “Your Eminence.” An Archbishop is referred to as “His Grace the Reverend (first name)” and addressed as “Reverend Grace (first name)”.

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