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#413774 11/12/15 09:13 AM
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This week the Latin Church celebrated the dedication of St. John Lateran Archbasilica, the Bishop of Rome's Chair. This got me to think. After the college of cardinals elect a man to fill the role of pope, the man who accepts the role of pope then changes his name. Is it common in other Churches to change one's name when he accepts a higher office?

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In the Byzantine tradition this change occurs when an individual joins a monastery.

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In the Byzantine tradition, one may also receive a new name when one is ordained to minor (reader/subdeacon) or major orders (priest/deacon/bishop) orders.

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Dear JBenedict,

You are correct, but that is far from the norm today.

Traditionally, the new name one takes (most often upon entering a monastery) begins with the same first letter as one's baptismal name.

Alex

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I have only come across name changes among Melkites and Romanians.


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