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Don't be anxious for your life, what you will eat, nor yet for your body, what you will wear.                Life is more than food, and the body is more than clothing.                Consider the ravens: they don't sow, they don't reap, they have no warehouse or barn, and God feeds them. How much more valuable are you than birds!                Which of you by being anxious can add a cubit to his height?                If then you aren't able to do even the least things, why are you anxious about the rest?                Consider the lilies, how they grow. They don't toil, neither do they spin; yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.                But if this is how God clothes the grass in the field, which today exists, and tomorrow is cast into the oven, how much more will he clothe you, O you of little faith?                Don't seek what you will eat or what you will drink; neither be anxious.                For the nations of the world seek after all of these things, but your Father knows that you need these things.                But seek God's Kingdom, and all these things will be added to you.               
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The priest who performed the wedding that Iattended recently has been elevated to the dignity of Archpriest in the Antiochian Church. He is married. Is Archpriest or Propresbyter the highest he can go as a married man?

Also, just what is a Propresbyter?


The term "archpriest" is awarded to certain married clergy. A somewhat comparable term for monastic clergy is "archimandrite," although this generally designates the head of a monastery.

While the term "protopresbyter" (first- or lead-priest) could almost literally be translated as "archpriest," it is often used as a separate designation for certain clergy in highly visible or distinguished positions.

In the Orthodox Church in America, for example, the Chancellor of the OCA, the Dean of St Vladimir's Seminary, and a few others are awarded this title. I do not know of any parish priests bearing the title "protopresbyter."

Published in January 2011.

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