By the middle Byzantine period, the distinction is clearer between major and minor orders, in part through increasing, though not yet complete, consistency in the use of the ordination terms cheirotonia and cheirothesia.
See also Vagaggini, "L'ordinazione," 177-85, and Taft, "Women at Church," 63-64, who supports this position since he clearly understands the ordination to be a "cheirotonia rite."
(123.) Bradshaw, Ordination Rites, observes that "the word "ordination" [cheirotonia] does not appear at the beginning of the instruction concerning deaconesses" and suggests that "this omission may be intended to indicate a subtle distinction in status." However, he does not respond to Gryson, Ministry of Women, 118, who, upon examination of the critical apparatus, concluded "that the formulas in question peri de cheirotonias presbyteron and others were wrongly inserted by Funk in the current text, and that in fact, these titles had been introduced later on into part of the manuscript tradition." See Francis X.