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a title of respect for various ecclesiastical officials (as cathedral deans and canons and others)
The Very Reverend is a style given to certain religious figures. ⁕In the Roman Catholic Church, by custom, priests who hold positions of particular note: e.g. vicars general, episcopal vicars, judicial vicars, ecclesiastical judges, vicars forane, provincials of religious orders, rectors or presidents of cathedrals, seminaries or colleges/universities, priors of monasteries, canons, for instance. Monsignors of the grade Papal Chamberlain were formerly styled as The Very Reverend Monsignor while domestic prelates and protonotaries apostolic were styled The Right Reverend Monsignor. Now, apart from legitimate custom or acquired right, most monsignors are simply styled The Reverend Monsignor. ⁕In the Eastern Orthodox Churches the style is used for archpriests and/or unmarried parish priests. ⁕In the Anglican Communion the style is used with certain senior priests in a diocese. The senior priest of a cathedral, whether a dean or a provost, is usually styled as The Very Reverend regardless of whether or not the priest is also the rector of the cathedral parish, or whether the cathedral is a parish church or not. In the Episcopal Church USA the dean of a seminary or divinity school is also styled in this form. The deans of dioceses in the Scottish Episcopal Church and the Anglican Church of Canada are also styled as The Very Reverend.
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