Also, correct me if I am wrong, but what is this I read that even recently there are deaconesses in women-only monasteries.
Everyone reads about that but no one has ever seen one.
If I can re-find it I will post it. I saw a video of an akathist served by a bishop in a women's monastery in FYROM. There was a nun on the altar and she handed the bishop the cadilla.
Secondly we can not play time-travel and even guess what the culture and circumstances that surrounded anything about female deacons. If we don't understand what they were and we don't understand why they existed then they can't be re-invented.
Culture, social norms and mores change. How can we pretend to understand the life of say a 4th century parish in oh, modern Bulgaria? We can't.
And btw the Antiochian parish in Troy, MI has girl altar girls. They assist at the entrances. However they are vested and stay behind the iconastasis. My source; someone whose family goes there.
Also perhaps at the most a deaconess was a woman that gave counsel to to women and baptized women.
Readers in special circumstances can baptize; take Alaska for instance. Actually anyone can baptize in an emergency.
If you can describe in detail the liturgy performed at the Hagia Sophia say in the 7th century and provide orignial music and service instructions I would be shocked.
If you can provide original and legitimate texts on deaconesses then we can talk.
You must ask;
who is translating this stuff
where are they getting the original source from
what is their agenda by doing this
is the original texts they are using, if they are using actual original texts not some false texts inserted into the whole "rudder" just to put a wrench in it. Because a thousand years is a long time to prove something even existed or was created as if it existed by liberal scholars somewhere in recent past or much longer ago past.