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Holy Synod

The governing body of any of the Eastern Orthodox churches.

holy synod

(Eastern Church (Greek & Russian Orthodox)) the governing body of any of the Orthodox Churches

ho′ly syn′od

the governing council of an autocephalous church.
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They prayed, as they always do, for peace from on high and for salvation, for the Holy Synod, and for the Tsar; they prayed, too, for the servants of God, Konstantin and Ekaterina, now plighting their troth.
His visit is at the invitation of the Bulgarian Patriarch Neophyte and the Holy Synod of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church, as the Russian Patriarch will participate in the celebrations dedicated to the 140th anniversary of the Liberation of Bulgaria from Ottoman Rule.
The monastery, dating back to 390 AD, was recognized by the Holy Synod in June 2014.
The Holy Synod of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church (BOC) decided at its meeting Monday, 27 November, to argue for the canonical status of the Macedonian Orthodox Church-Ohrid Archbishopric (MOC-OA) before the other Orthodox Churches, Nova Makedonija reports.
On 10 June 2016, the Holy Synod of the Georgian Orthodox Church decided not to participate in Crete.
The Holy Synod said on Thursday there were grave risks in the ongoing procedure to reunify the island and called on political leaders to unite in defending the country's interests.
In his delivered word, Patriarch Rahi said that he was glad to be meeting with the sons of the town, saying his visit coincides with the conclusion of the meeting by the Holy Synod and the sports week at Bkirki.
Damascus Countryside, SANA -- The Holy Synod of the Universal Syriac Orthodox Church meeting in Syria regretted the international silence on the terrorist and vandalism acts taking place in Syria and Iraq.
The new statute for the Pope of the Coptic Orthodox church of Alexandria's election, set by the Holy Synod, states the age of voters during papal elections should at least be 25 years old.
The Holy Synod of the Georgian Orthodox Church calls on Russia to stop installing barbwire fences in Tskhinvali
A list published by the parliamentary archives committee has singled out 97-year-old Patriarch Maxim and three other bishops as the only members of the Church's top authority, the Holy Synod, not to have collaborated.
Even then, some reports have suggested that when he dies, the church might not appoint another Patriarch but rather, as it did for some years in the first half of the 20th century, have only a chairman of the Holy Synod.