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The [[Orthodox Church]] often refers to presbyters in English as ''priests'' (''priest'' is etymologically derived from the Greek ''presbyteros'' via the Latin ''presbyter''). This usage is seen by some Protestant Christians as stripping the [[laity]] of its rightful priestly status, while those who use the term defend its usage by saying that, while they do believe in the ''priesthood'' of all believers, they do not believe in the ''eldership'' of all believers.
Presbyters are often referred to as ''Father'', though that is not an official title. Rather, it is a term of affection used by Christians for their [[ordination|ordained ]] elders.
Monastics [[Monastic]]s who are ordained to the priesthood are known as ''hieromonks''.
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