See also christianity; religion; theology.
. any of various Middle Eastern Christian sects in the early church that lacked or rejected theological leaders.
. a Flagellant. —Achephalist
an official in the medieval Greek church who collected the money from a monastery or benefice.
a sacrament corresponding to confirmation in the Western church in which a baptized person is anointed with chrism.
a diocese. See also greece and greeks
the principal service book of Eastern Orthodoxy. Also Euchology
. the study of Eastern Orthodox ritual.
. in the early church, the head of a major diocese or province.
. a bishop inferior to a patriarch but superior to a metropolitan.
. a deputy of a patriarch, either a priest or a bishop.
. the head of an autonomous church. —exarchal
the head of a monastery.
the quietistic practices of a 14th-century ascetic sect of mystics drawn from the monks of Mt. Athos. Also called Palamitism
. the practice of opposing the veneration of icons.
. the practice of destroying icons.
the principles of the religious party in the 8th-century Eastern church that opposed the use of icons. —iconoclast
the head of an ecclesiastic province.
a bishop’s prayer on behalf of catechumens. —parathetic
the head of any of the ancient sees or the see of another principal city or national church.
a theological system centering on the Holy Wisdom developed by the 20th-century Russian priest Sergei Bulgakov. Also called Sophiology
one who reads the synaxarion, or brief narrative of a saint’s life, in Eastern Orthodox liturgies.