THE EASTERN ORTHODOX

PYRAMID SYSTEM OF POWER

                                 THE PYRAMID SYSTEM

                 OF THE EASTERN ORTHODOX RELIGION: 

                             the Nicolaitane heresy

(under construction)

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1) "Primus inter pares": The first among heretics

     The Titular Head of Orthodoxy

      (called: "Your All-Holiness" or "His All-Holiness")

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2) Presbyter (Greek = elders)

3 essential types types. Bishops, Priests, Deacons.

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A) Bishops:

a) Patriarchs. first 5

a) 8 Patriarchs. now 8 (?) (patriarchate. appoint prelates.)

    also called = Archbishop. & Exarch & Metopolitan Bishop 

   (called "Your Eminence" & "Your Beatitude")

c) Multitude of Bishops: (a successor of the Apostles) Episkopos (called "Your Grace")

d) Prelate. (specifically a bishop of an autonomous church?)

e) Auxiliary bishop (also called vicar bishop, suffragan bishop, or chorepiscopus) is a bishop with no territorial authority working under the authority of a diocesan bishop.

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B) Priests: (called "father")

a) Archimandrite. (Gr. "head of the flock or cloister"). 

    (called "Very Reverend" & "Father")

    (there are two types, a monk and an honorary title)

b) Dean: senior priest or head of the faculty in a theological seminary

c) Archpriest.  (called "Very Reverend" and "Father")

    Distinguished married clergy may receive the title of archpriest.

d) Protopresbyter: (honorary title) 

e) Priest. (called "Reverend" or "father")

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C) Deacon

a) Archdeacon. A senior deacon,

b) deacon. (also called "Reverend" and even "father")

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3) Monastic clergy:

 

Igumen or hegumen. is the title for the head of a monastery, similar to abbot. Igumen. also serves as a title for a priest-monk in between Hieromonk and Archimandrite In the Slavic tradition,

igumenia or ihumenia (Greek: ηγουμένη).  The head of a convent of nuns The term means "the one who is in charge," or "the leader" in Greek. An igumen is not necessarily a member of the clergy.

exorcist. is an extinct office??? within the minor orders of clergy. The primary duty of exorcists was as the instructor of catechumens.

Archimandrite.

Igumen. Russian form of Archimandrite.. also serves as a title for a priest-monk in between Hieromonk and Archimandrite In the Slavic tradition,

Hieromonk.

A starets

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4) Chancellor. The chief administrator and church notary & immediate administrative assistant to the bishop 

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7) The Laity

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PYRAMID SYSTEM of ORTHODOXY.

Ascetic. (monk)

the Ecumenical Patriarchate - prepare chrism

Anchorite. A solitary monk

Abbot. (Hegoumenos.)

Abbess. 

Deacon. The first of the three orders of priesthood.

Priest:

 archpriest. Distinguished married clergy 

Deaconess. A pious lay woman assisting in the church as a caretaker or

Hermit. (see Anchorite).

Pillarist?

college of Bishops. Hierarchy. 

Novice. An individual who accepted the monastic life, undergoing a period of probation in preparation for taking his vows.

Nun.

the 8 Patriarch's. highest prelate in the Orthodox Church.

Presvytera. priest wife

Titular bishop. Head? 

Proistamenos (from Greek, "the one who presides") also called rector

Major orders  Bishop | Priest | Deacon

Minor orders  Subdeacon | Reader | Cantor | Acolyte

Other orders  Chorepiscopos | Exorcist | Doorkeeper | Deaconess - Presbityde

Episcopal titles  Patriarch | Catholicos | Archbishop | Metropolitan | Auxiliary | Titular

Priestly titles  Protopresbyter | Archpriest | Protosyngellos | Economos

Diaconal titles  Archdeacon | Protodeacon

Minor titles  Protopsaltes - Lampadarios

Monastic titles  Archimandrite | Abbot - Hegumen

Related  Ordination | Vestments | Presbeia | Honorifics | Clergy awards | Exarch | Proistamenos | Vicar

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TYPES-

Sakellarios: A priest elevated to 'sakellarios' is given the right to wear the epigonation. (This derives from the Greek σακελλάριος, and historically indicated a priest responsible for sacred vessels).

 

Oikonomos: A priest elevated to 'oikonomos' is, in Ecumenical Patriarchate practice, given the right to wear the pectoral cross. (This derives from the Greek οἰκονόμος, and historically indicated a priest responsible for finances).

Protopresbyter:

MONKS

Hieromonk

Pnevmatikos: A priestmonk who is given a blessing to hear confessions (i.e. be a spiritual father).

Archimandrite:

DEACON

1) Deacon: An ordained deacon.

2) Hierodeacon: An ordained deacon who is also a monk.

3) Archdeacon: A deacon who, often, is attached to the bishop.

4) Protodeacon: A senior deacon of a cathedral may be elevated to this rank.

Subdeacon. 

Spiritual guide. the person whom one confesses sins before on a regular basis, usually a priest or a starets.

PYRAMID SYSTEM of the DEAD in ORTHODOXY.

Apostolic Fathers. the first century of Christianity;

dead hermits.

dead Pillarists.

dead Neophyte. A newly baptized individual or convert of the early Church.

Thaumatourgos. "miracle-worker saint"

mystic. - dead

Canonized saint. (the canonized con)

Not canonized but somehow still "a saint".

PYRAMID OF THE LAITY in ORTHODOXY.

Neophyte

Chanter. A lay person who assists the priest by chanting

Acolyte. The follower of a priest;

Catechumen: 

charity worker.

Ecclesia. (the people)

Hatjis. (pilgrims)

Koumbaros (best man)

Laity.

Nounos. (see godparents).

Reader.

 

 

REAL NEW TESTAMENT MINISTRIES.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bishop_(Eastern_Orthodox_Church)

Patriarchs

1) Titular Head

2) Patriarchs of 8 international cross continental jurisdictions

3) Head Bishop of Country  (Archbishops)

4) Metropolitan Bishop (big city)

5) A ruling bishop or diocesan bishop (rules over a territory, or cluster of parishes, almost like the ecclesiastical equivalent of Englands counties???)  A ruling bishop or diocesan bishop is responsible for and the head of all the parishes located in his particular geographical territory, called a diocese or archdiocese

"Primus inter pares"

Men at different levels of Theosis (not women):

Metropolitan Bishop

prelate. governs an autonomous church 

patriarchate. appoint prelates.

Ascetic. (monk)

Archimandrite. A celibate presbyter of high rank 

presbyter:

Apostolic Fathers. the first century of Christianity;

Archbishop. A head bishopExarch.

Bishop: (a successor of the Apostles) Episkopos

Archdeacon. A senior deacon,

Deacon

Anchorite. A solitary monk

Abbot. (Hegoumenos.)

Abbess

Acolyte. The follower of a priest;

Catechumen

Chancellor. The chief administrator and church notary & immediate administrative assistant to the bishop 

Chanter. A lay person who assists the priest by chanting

Deacon. The first of the three orders of priesthood.

Priest:

Deansenior priest or head of the faculty in a theological seminary

Deaconess. A pious lay woman assisting in the church as a caretaker or charity worker.

Ecclesia. (the people)

Friary: A friary is the male version of a convent. It’s a place where religious men called brothers live, work, and pray together, although they may work outside the friary. Friars bridge the gap between the urban parish and the monastery, and they aren’t as cloistered or semi-cloistered as their monk and nun counterparts.

Hatjis. (pilgrims)

Hermit. (see Anchorite).

Pillarist?

Hierarchy.  (college of Bishops)

Koumbaros (best man)

Laity.

Metropolitan. The prelate of the largest or most important city

Neophyte. A newly baptized individual or convert of the early Church.

Nounos. (see godparents).

Novice. An individual who accepted the monastic life, undergoing a period of probation in preparation for taking his vows.

Nun.

the 8 Patriarch's. highest prelate in the Orthodox Church.

Presvytera. priest wife

Reader.

mystic

Subdeacon

Thaumatourgos. "miracle-worker saint"

Titular bishop.

Hieromonk. A monk who is also a priest.

Hierodeacon.  A monk who is also a deacon.

sub orders

the exorcists,

doorkeepers

acolytes

METROPOLITAN - The bishop of a major city or see. In most Orthodox Churches a Metropolitan is of higher rank than an Archbishop. However the title may also be given as an honorary title as in Greece where all Diocesan Bishops are honorary Metropolitans.

PRIEST - (Greek - Presbyter) The second of the major orders. A priest may give blessings, hear Confessions, and preside over the Divine Liturgy (q.v.) or any other service, except for Ordinations or the Consecration of Holy Chrism. In the Orthodox Church a married man may be ordained a priest, but a priest may not marry following ordination.

CONFESSOR: A saint whose outstanding defense and exposition of the Faith earned him the title of "confessor."

 

ENLIGHTENER: A saint whose preaching affected (or converted) an entire race or nation.

 

EQUAL TO THE APOSTLES: A saint or saints whose missionary zeal is compared to that of the Holy Apostles.

GREAT-MARTYR: This term is used to describe a saint whose spiritual witness in life and during martyrdom was truly outstanding.

 

HIEROMARTYR: A martyr who was a member of the clergy.

 

NEW-MARTYR: New martyrs in the Greek tradition are those who were, martyred during the Ottoman yoke. This term is also extended to include those martyred by the communists in this century.

 

POPE OF ROME: Any saint indicated in this manner obviously was Bishop of Rome prior to the schism between East and West.

 

 

RIGHTEOUS: a. An Old Testament Saint. b. A monastic saint. c. A saint who does not fall into the category of martyr, apostle, prophet, etc.

 

RIGHTEOUS MARTYR (Hosiomartyr): A monastic martyr.

Confessor: one who has suffered for the faith but not martyred outright[1]

Enlightener: the saint who first brought the faith to a people or region, or who did major work of evangelization there

 

Equal-to-the-Apostles: one whose work greatly built up the Church, whether through direct missionary work or through assisting the Church's place in society[2]

 

Fool-for-Christ: a saint known for his apparent, yet holy insanity

 

God-bearing: title given to one of the Holy Fathers[2]

 

Great-martyr: one who was martyred for the faith and suffered torture

 

Healer: a saint who used the power of God to heal maladies and injuries

 

Hieroconfessor: a confessor who is also a clergyman

 

Hieromartyr: a martyr who is also a clergyman

 

Martyr: one who has died for the faith[1]

 

Merciful: one known for charitable work, especially toward the poor

 

Myrrhbearers: the first witnesses of the Resurrection of Jesus[2]

 

Myrrh-streaming: the relics of the saint exude holy and sweet-smelling (and often miraculous) oil

 

New-martyr: a martyr often bearing the same name as a more ancient martyr, but usually more recent in the Church's history

 

Passion-bearer: one who faced his death in a Christ-like manner

 

Prophet: an Old Testament saint who anticipated Christ[1]

 

Protomartyr: the first martyr in a given region (in the case of Stephen the

 

Protomartyr, the first martyr of the whole Church)

 

Right-believing: an epithet used for sainted secular rulers

 

Righteous: a holy person under the Old Covenant (Old Testament Israel) but also sometimes used for married saints of the New Covenant (the Church)

 

Unmercenary Healer: a saint who used the power of God to heal maladies and injuries without charge

 

Venerable: a monastic saint

 

Venerable-martyr: a martyred monastic

 

Virgin-martyr: an unmarried, non-monastic, chaste female martyr

 

Wonder-worker: a saint renowned for performing miracles

See also[edit]

Honorifics

  • Your Highness

  • Your Holiness

  • Your Honor

  • Your Lordship

  • Your Majesty

  • Your Worship

 

 

 

 

Eastern Orthodox Saints

List of Russian Saints

 

List of Eastern Orthodox saints

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