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The Decline of Women's Roles in Early Christianity "Suddenly Jesus met them and said, 'Greetings!' And they came to him, took hold of his feet, and worshiped him" (Matthew 28:9) Near the conclusion of each of the four Christian gospels, it's girls who first found that the body of Jesus was lost and that had been the first to report seeing him after his departure. Certainly then, this is a significant indication of the high involvement of women in ancient Christianity. With such high status undoubtedly must have come power, influence, and significant positions in the early Church. However, by approximately 750 C.E girls had lost these major functions in the Church, and also the power and influence that they once had. This essay will analyze the decline of women's roles in ancient Christianity, and argue that this loss of electricity was a direct result of the canons of early Eastern and Western Church councils, which have been based on patriarchal notions. Prior to delving into why girls lost positions from the early Church, it's ideal to first discuss what roles or positions they held. To start, there were the wives of priests and various other church officials, who served as honored co-workers along side their husbands. # It is important to state, however, that wives did not take out the duties of their husbands. Next, was the order of widows, normally older women who had been married to just one man, and who had committed themselves to the church, after the death of their husbands, in order to pray for the clergy and congregation. # Deaconess was nevertheless another place held by women. Even though a deaconess did not have the same duties as a priest, their specific role was to instruct female catechumens from the doctrines of the Christian faith, help to baptize...