Our Purpose

Used with permission from the Convent of Saint Elizabeth www.conventofsaintelizabeth.org

Join St Phoebe Center
The St. Phoebe Center
aims to share the history of the deaconess in the early church—a liturgical order and ministry similar to that of the deacon, yet which has fallen out of use except in rare Latest News
circumstances.

The Center is a repository of historical
documents, sacred texts, articles, and contemporary scholarship that explores the purpose of the deaconess, as well as theories on how this order may have fallen out of use in the majority of the Orthodox world.

By understanding the work of the deaconess in the early church, as well as that of the deacon, we can be equipped to better discern our work in the 21st century.

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TROPARION (Tone 3)
Enlightened by grace
And taught the Faith by the
chosen vessel of Christ,
You were found worthy of the diaconate;
And you carried Paul’s words to Rome.
O Deaconess Phoebe, pray to Christ God
that his Spirit may enlighten our souls!

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“I commend to you our sister Phoebe, who is a servant of the church
which is at Cenchrea; that you receive her in the Lord in a manner worthy
of the saints, and that you help her in whatever matter she may have
need of you; for she herself has also been a helper of many, and of myself
as well.”

Romans 16:1-2

 

 

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