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In 1874 the Russian Orthodox Church secularised its monasteries and ranked them in one of three classes, awarding only the abbots at the head of monasteries of the second or first class the title of archimandrite. Abbots of third class monasteries were to be styled "hegumen".
 
The duties of both a hegumen and an archimandrite are the same; however, during the [[Divine Service]] a hegumen wears a simple [[Mantle (vesture)|mantle]], while the mantle of an archimandrite is decorated with sacral texts; an archmandrite also wears a [[mitre]] and bears a pastoral staff (''[[pateritsa]]'').
 
The Russian Orthodox Church commonly selects its [[bishop]]s from the ranks of the archimandrites.