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[[Image:Gregorio-e-archimandriti.JPG|thumb|right|300px|[[Melkite]] Patriarch [[Gregory III Laham|Gregory III]] (centre of picture) with some archimandrites, visiting the sanctuary of [[Our Lady of Caravaggio]], [[Italy]], on 11 September 2008]]
 
The title '''archimandrite''' ({{lang-gr|ἀρχιμανδρίτης|archimandritisarchimandritēs}}), primarily used in the [[Eastern Orthodox]] and the [[Eastern Catholic]] churches, originally referred to a [[Superior (hierarchy)|superior]] [[abbot]] (''[[hegumenos]]'') whom a [[bishop]] appointed to supervise several 'ordinary' abbots and [[monasteries]], or to the abbot of some especially great and important monastery.
 
It is also used purely as a [[title of honour]], with no connection to any actual monastery, and is bestowed on clergy as a mark of respect or gratitude for service to the Church. This particular sign of respect is only given to those priests who have taken vows of celibacy, that is monks. Distinguished married clergy may receive the title of [[archpriest]].