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VLADIKA - When speaking with a Bishop, you should say "Bless, Despota [Thés-po-ta]" (or "Vladika [Vlá-dee-ka]" in Slavonic, "Master" in English). It is also appropriate to say, "Bless, Your Grace" (or "Your Eminence," etc.). You should end your conversation by asking for a blessing again. This is in respect to the bishop's teaching ministry  (ie, a school master).

Orthodox Church of the Mother of God. Mays Landing, NJ 08330

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