|1st Level Cleric
||[Apr. 15th, 2013|06:08 am]
It looks like I'll be tonsured a reader on Sunday.|
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I am not familiar with the verb "to tonsure."
It refers to any ritual haircut.
In this case, strictly speaking, I'll be tonsured into the clergy (a symbolic cutting of four bits of hair, making the sign of the Cross on my head), then subsequently made (there's no good English verb for it) a reader, which is the lowest rank of clergy. There's a reading test, too -- the bishop will give me a random epistle passage to read, to prove that I'm literate.
> There's a reading test...
In which language?
I really hope it's in English; while I can sound out Slavonic, it would be slow and painful. The two books look very different, though, so I doubt they'll get mixed up.
So, are you "going pro," or will you become a part-time priest?
Reader is a volunteer job, as is subdeacon; they don't entail a whole lot outside of church services. Deacon is a bit larger of a job, and is technically paid (not much, though); priests, in the Russian church, are allegedly part time (and paid accordingly). At this point, I'm just a reader.
Congratulations and Axios! I'm sure you'll do well!