Diakonissa

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'''''Diakonissa''''' is a Greek title of honor that is used to refer to a [[deacon|deacon's]] wife.  It is derived from ''diakonos''—the Greek word for ''deacon'' (literally, "server").  There does not currently seem to be any standard English equivalent, so most English-speaking Orthodox Christians will use the title most common in the old country churches from which their local family or parish finds its origin.
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''Diakonissa'' was also the term used in the ancient Church for the order of [[deaconess]], a non-[[clergy|clerical]] order which saw to the care of women in the community.
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==Other languages==
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In Arabic, a deacon's wife is called ''Shamassy'' (derived from ''Shamas'', Arabic for "deacon").  Romanian uses a derivative from the Greek term, ''Diaconiţă'', as does Serbian, ''Djakonitsa'' (pronounced ''jack-on-eet'-sa'').  Other Slavic traditions generally use the same word for a deacon's wife that is used for a [[presbytera|priest's wife]]: ''Matushka'' (Russian), ''Panimatushka'' (Ukrainian), etc.
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==See also==
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*[[Presbytera]]
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*[[Ordination of Women]]
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==External link==
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*[http://www.orthodoxinfo.com/praxis/clergy_etiquette.aspx Clergy Etiquette]
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[[Category:Church Life]]
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