Presbytera

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==Books==
 
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* ''Presbytera:  The Life, Mission, and Service of the Priest's Wife'', by Athanasia Papademetriou (ISBN 0972466142)
 
* ''Presbytera:  The Life, Mission, and Service of the Priest's Wife'', by Athanasia Papademetriou (ISBN 0972466142)
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==External links==
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*[http://www.nsp.goarch.org/ National Sisterhood of Presvyteres] ([[GOARCH]])
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*[http://www.theologic.com/oflweb/inchurch/clergywife.htm "The Orthodox Clergy Wife"] by Matushka Valerie G. Zahirsky (''Orthodox Family Life'')
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*[http://www.roca.org/OA/96/96h.htm "The Shadow of a Priest"] from ''Orthodox America''
  
 
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Revision as of 08:55, December 14, 2005

Presbytera is a Greek title of honor that is used to refer to a priest's wife. It is derived from presbyteros—the Greek word for priest (literally, "elder"). 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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Other languages

Presbytera corresponds to the following equivalent titles:

  • Albanian: Prifteresha
  • Arabic: Khouria (from the word khoury, meaning "priest")
  • Carpatho-Russian: Pani (a shortened form of Panimatka)
  • Finnish: Ruustinna (from the word rovasti (protoiereos), in Karelia: Maatuska)
  • Old Icelandic: prestkona ("priest's woman")
  • Romanian: Preoteasa
  • Russian: Matushka (literally means "mama," i.e., the intimate form of "mother")
  • Serbian: Popadija
  • Ukrainian: Panimatka or Panimatushka ("little mama")

See Also

Books

  • Presbytera: The Life, Mission, and Service of the Priest's Wife, by Athanasia Papademetriou (ISBN 0972466142)

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