- A Greek word meaning "Leader."A title used by the Byzantine Orthodox church for the ruler of a monastery. He is usually elected by the monks of the monastery, though confirmation is required from the side of patriarch, the diocesan bishop, or the patron (according to the status of the monastery).
Dictionary of church terms. — St. GEORGE'S COPTIC ORTHODOX CHURCH SPORTING - ALEXANDRIA EGYPT. Fr. Tadros Yacoub Maiaty.
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Protopriest — Also called Hegumenos meaning a disposer, for he disposes church affairs together with his brethren, the priests. See Hegumenos … Dictionary of church terms