How to become a priest?
The word Pop is derived from the Old Slavic Pop and, possibly, borrowed from the ancient German pfaffo. Sometimes it stands for “Shepherd of Orthodox Sheep,” the outdated, often ironic name of the priest. In the Orthodox Church, a priest - or in another way a priest - is a priest who has a second degree of priesthood. Priests are also called presbyters, which in Greek means elder. The next priest for the priesthood is called the Bishop.
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How to become a priest
To become a priest you need to finish the seminary in many cities. The Theological Seminary is a higher education institution. Duration of training is five years. Entrance examinations are held in the summer, more accurately can be found in the institution to which you decide to enroll. There you can decide on the exams. Approximately for admission you need:
- To pass oral exams on catechism and church history, both general and specifically Orthodox and, of course, necessarily knowledge of the Old and New Testaments.
- Required knowledge of Old Slavic.
- The presence of a musical ear.
- In addition to examinations, it is necessary to enlist the recommendation of the diocesan bishop or the recommendation of the priest, certified by the bishop.
- You can do in age from 18 to 35 years.
As in other educational institutions, a scholarship is paid to students. If necessary, in some seminaries, a hostel is provided.
By the end of training, before assigning a dignity, you need to decide whether you will be a monk or marry. After the san will be accepted, you will not be able to change your status.
The priest, although in the worldly understanding, is a profession, in fact it is rather a vocation and it’s worth going to study in a theological seminary at the behest of the heart rather than the call of the mind. After all, there are many other professions that are not nearly as good if they are done with the soul, for the good of people.