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This page should serve as a reference for '''abbreviations''' relevant to the [[Orthodox Church]].  If there is an abbreviation you do not understand, leave a note on the [[Talk:Abbreviations|talk page]] and someone will provide the answer.
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==Titles==
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Many clerical and lay titles are often abbreviated.
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*Abp. - [[Archbishop]]
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*Bp. - [[Bishop]]
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*Dn. - [[Deacon]] (also Dcn.)
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*Fr. - [[Priest|Father]]
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*Hmk. - [[Hieromonk]]
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*Kh. - [[Khouria]] (Arabic for ''presbytera'')
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*Mat. - [[Matushka]] (Slavic for ''presbytera'')
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*Metr. - [[Metropolitan]]
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*Patr. - [[Patriarch]]
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*Pr. - [[Priest|Preot]] (Romanian for ''priest'')
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*Pres. - [[Presbytera]]
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*Rdr. - [[Reader]]
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*Sdn. - [[Subdeacon]]
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*Sf. - [[Saint|Sfânt]] (Romanian for ''saint'')
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*St. - [[Saint]] (plural: Sts. or Ss.)
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==Iconography==
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In [[icon]]s, many names and titles are abbreviated.  This is often acknowledged with an elision marker (like a [http://www.ualberta.ca/~sreimer/ms-course/course/abbrevtn.htm tilde]) placed above the letters.  Most often, the first and last letters of the word or name are retained.
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===Christ===
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*IC or ΙΣ - ''[[Jesus]]'' from the Greek ''Ιησους''
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*XC or ΧΣ - ''[[Christ]]'' from the Greek ''Χριστος''
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===The Theotokos===
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*MP or ΜΡ - ''Mother'' from the Greek ''Μητηρ'', part of the phrase ''Mother of God''
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*ΘΥ - ''of God'' from the Greek ''Θεου'', part of the phrase ''Mother of God''
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===The Saints===
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*ΑΓ - ''Holy'' or ''Saint'' from the Greek ''Αγιος''
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==See also==
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*[[Saint commemorations]]
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*[[Iconography]]
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