The president or moderator of each church court was Primus inter pares.
The moderator has no special power or supremacy over his brethren, but is honoured and obeyed as Primus inter pares.
He takes precedence, Primus inter pares, of all the members, and is recognized as the official head of the Church during his term of office.
Hos numeros Primus invenit clarissimus vir Iohannes Neperus Baro Merchistonij; eos autem ex eiusdem sententia mutavit, eorumque ortum et usum illustravit Henricus Briggius..
Del Cano was received with great distinction by the emperor, who granted him a globe for his crest, and the motto Primus circumdedisti me.