Presbytera

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* Old Icelandic: ''Prestkona'' ("priest's woman")
 
* Old Icelandic: ''Prestkona'' ("priest's woman")
 
* Romanian:  ''Preoteasa''
 
* Romanian:  ''Preoteasa''
* Russian:  ''Matushka'' (literally means "mama," i.e., the intimate form of "mother")
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* Russian:  ''Matushka'' (literally means "mama," i.e., the intimate form of "mother"; more common in "diaspora" Russian traditions than within Russia itself)
 
* Serbian:  ''Popadija''
 
* Serbian:  ''Popadija''
 
* Ukrainian:  ''Panimatka'' or ''Panimatushka'' ("little mama")
 
* Ukrainian:  ''Panimatka'' or ''Panimatushka'' ("little mama")

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Presbytera (also spelled as presvytera) 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"; more common in "diaspora" Russian traditions than within Russia itself)
  • 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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