Identifying the Deacon
The deacon is the clergy member you will see most often at Divine Liturgy. He is distinguished by his orar, which is a long piece of cloth hooked on to his left shoulder.
Protodeacon is an honorific given to married deacons and archdeacon is an honorific that is bestowed on monastic deacons. If a deacon is given either of these honorifics, his orar is doubled in length and is looped under his right arm before hanging down from his left shoulder, and he is also awarded a purple kamilavka (hat).
The deacon acts as the master of ceremonies for all divine services, facilitating and directing the order of service and the worship of the congregation. His presence is a clue as to where the action is during the service. If the deacon is behind the iconostas, then the focus of the liturgy is within the altar. If the deacon is out in the sanctuary, then the liturgical “happening place” is out where he is, in the sanctuary in the midst of the congregation.
Outside of divine services, a guy wearing a pidryasnyk (cassock) or a “Roman collar” without a pectoral cross is ordained and likely a deacon.