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The Historical
Orthodox Deaconess

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Lives of Holy Deaconesses

Apollonia of Alexandria#1 #2

Gorgonia#1 #2

Irene Chrysovalantou #1 #2

Justina#1 #2

Macrina #1 #2

Melania the Younger


Olympias of Constantinople #1 #2 #3

Poplia #1 #2


Platonida of Nisibis

Radegunda #1 #2






Xenia of Rome#1 #2

Prayers Composed by Deaconesses

Saint Macrina
Saint Melania


from the Orthodox Herald

The Office of Deaconess
History of the Office of Deaconess

Deaconesses in the Early Church

Order for the Ordination of a Woman Deacon
From the collection of Archimandrite Ephrem Lash

Prayers for the Ordination of Women Deacons
as found in Georgian Manuscripts

The Third Way
Read about the restoration of the deaconess within the Coptic Orthodox Church.

Women in the Mission of the Church

Women's Role in the Church: One Woman's Perspective

Concerning Women's Ordination
A Letter to an Episcopal Friend by Father Alexander Schmemann

Women's Diakonia
The record of women's service or diakonia in the Church

Women's Role in the Church
Article by Ellen Gvosdev

Suggested Reading

Women Deacons in the Orthodox Church
Kyriaki Karidoyanes FitzGerald
Holy Cross Orthodox Press

The Female Diaconate: An Historical Perspective
Matushka Ellen Gvosdev
Light and Life Publishing Company

Holy Mothers of Orthodoxy
Eva Catafygiotu Topping
Light and Life Publishing Company

Holy Women of Russia
The Lives of Five Orthodox Women Offer Spiritual Guidance for Today
Brenda Meehan
Saint Vladimir's Seminary Press

The Deaconess in the Armenian Church
A Brief Survey

Fr. Abel Oghlukian
St. Nersess Seminary Press

Related Links

Bibliography of Women in Byzantium

Life of St. Nina, Equal-to-the-Apostles

Lives of the Female Unmercenary Saints

The Myrrhbearers in the Church of Jerusalem

Women Saints of Orthodoxy

The Role of Women in the First Century Church

Keeping Tradition, Discerning Traditionalism

"I commend to you our sister Phoebe, a deaconess of the church at Cen'chr-ae, that you may receive her in the Lord as befits the saints, and help her whatever she may require of you, for she has been a helper of many and of myself (Saint Paul) as well."
Romans 16:1-2

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