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Eastern Orthodox Priests

The Job

The Orthodox Church—along with the Protestant and Roman Catholic traditions—comprise the three main Christian groups. According to a BBC primer on the religion, “the Orthodox Churches share with the other Christian Churches the belief that God revealed himself in Jesus Christ, and a belief in the incarnation of Christ, his crucifixion, and resurrection. The Orthodox Church differs substantially from the other Churches in the way of life and worship, and in certain aspects of theology.” (Visit http://www.bbc.co.uk/religion/religions/christianity/subdivisions/easternorthodox_1.shtml to learn more about the Eastern Orthodox Church.)

Typical job responsibilities for Eastern Orthodox priests include:

  • presiding during the celebration of the Divine Liturgy, including leading the congregation in prayers and hymns and reading from holy scripture
  • celebrating the sacraments: Baptism, Chrismation, Confession, Marriage, Holy Orders, and Anointment of the Sick
  • teaching congregants about Jesus Christ and the works of the saints
  • officiating at funeral services and providing guidance/support to the family of the deceased
  • maintaining regular office hours for parishioners to seek religious counsel and guidance
  • providing counseling and guidance to youth
  • developing and implementing educational and extracurricular programs for youth
  • managing the overall operation of their church, including being responsible for the care and upkeep of the church and other buildings, managing office staff, and fund raising