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{{Clergy}}'''Ecclesiastical awards''' are a means for recognizing and rewarding the [[clergy]] and [[laity]] for their efforts and achievements for Orthodoxy. These efforts may be in any of many different areas, and the exact criteria and system of awards will vary somewhat between Orthodox jurisdictions. These are seen as a means of rewarding people for their contribution to Orthodoxy, whether pastorally, theologically, academically, administratively, spiritually, socially, educationally, or by missionary or charitable works.
*'''Kamilavka of violet color'''—The award is by decree of His Holiness the Patriarch of Moscow and all Rus not earlier that ten years after elevation to protodeacon. It is worn during Divine services (removed as prescribed by the Ustav) as well as during official and solemn events.
*'''Elevation to the rank of archdeacon (for monastics)'''—The award is by decree of His Holiness the Patriarch of Moscow and all Rus not earlier than thirty years of exemplary service to the Church. By decree of the Patriarch, the senior deacon of the Patriarchal cathedral church may be designated as archdeacon.
 
==Awards in Greek Orthodox practice==
Different areas have different variations on clerical awards. Metropolitan Isaiah put out Protocol 01-22, which sets forth the clerical awards of the Greek Orthodox Diocese of Denver (now Metropolis), USA, and allows an example of clerical ranks in the Greek Orthodox liturgical tradition. There are no necessary timelines for progression along these ranks.
 
Ranks for married priests include:
* '''Presbyter''': An ordained priest.
* '''Pnevmatikos''': A priest who is given a blessing to hear confessions (i.e. be a spiritual father).
* '''Sakellarios''': Historically indicated a priest responsible for sacred vessels.
* '''Oikonomos''': Historically indicated a priest responsible for money.
* '''Protopresbyter''': A leading priest ('proto' meaning first). A protopresbyter will be styled 'Very Reverend Father [name]'.
 
Ranks for monastic priests include:
* '''Hieromonk''': An ordained priest who is also a monk.
* '''Pnevmatikos''': A priestmonk who is given a blessing to hear confessions (i.e. be a spiritual father).
* '''Archimandrite''': A senior priestmonk (historically indicating charge over a large, important monastery). An archimandrite will be styled 'Very Reverend Archimandrite [name]'.
 
Ranks for deacons include:
* '''Deacon''': An ordained deacon.
* '''Hierodeacon''': An ordained deacon who is also a monk.
* '''Archdeacon''': A deacon who, often, is attached to the bishop.
* '''Protodeacon''': A senior deacon of a cathedral may be elevated to this rank.
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