Female Deacons Reintroduced in Jerusalem Patriarchate

Patriarch Theophilos II and the synod of the Jerusalem Patriarchate of the Orthodox Church decided on December 6, 2017 to reintroduce the order of deaconesses, Orthodoxia-News reports. It is not known to Pray Tell what sort of ordination rite is foreseen, nor whether the deacons or deaconesses will have duties identical to, similar to, or distinct from male deacons. We will report more as we learn it.

 

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  1. Jerusalem is not the first to revive the female diaconate. Both the Greeks and the Armenians have done so in the past century. “It is not known to Pray Tell what sort of ordination rite is foreseen, nor whether the deacons or deaconesses will have duties identical to, similar to, or distinct from male deacons,” but at least a partial answer may be found, not only in history (where there were some distinctions between “cheirotonia” (ordination) of either deacons or deaconesses, but with current practice in other Orthodox churches.

  2. Is this in addition to the decision of Theodoros II of Alexandria and its synod to revive the order for women in missionary territories of Africa? That decision goes back to Nov. 2016, though it was reaffirmed this year at their Synod.
    https://www.ncronline.org/news/theology/orthodox-move-women-deacons-called-revitalization-not-innovation
    I wouldn’t ask, except it looks like they cite NCR in the news story, and all I have seen from NCR is about Alexandria. Maybe something is coming about Jerusalem?

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