7th Oecum. Synod - Canon XI -
- CANON XIV.
That no one without ordination ought to read in the ambo during the
THAT there is a certain order established in the priesthood is very
evident to all, and to guard diligently the promotions of the
priesthood is well pleasing to God. Since therefore we see certain
youths who have received the clerical tonsure, but who have not yet
received ordination from the bishop, reading in the ambo during the
Synaxis, and in doing this violating the canons, we forbid this to be
done (from henceforth,) and let this prohibition be observed also
amongst the monks. It is permitted to each hegumenos in his own
monastery to ordain a reader, if he himself had received the laying on
of hands by a bishop to the dignity of hegumenos, and is known to be a
presbyter. Chorepiscopi may likewise, according to ancient custom and
with the bishop's authorization, appoint readers.
I say therefore from this present canon and from canon xix. that they
may properly be made superiors, who have never received holy orders;
since women may be placed in such positions in our monasteries. And as
these women do not hear confessions, nor make readers, so neither do
superiors do this who are neither monks nor priests, nor could they do
this even with the license of the bishop.