The brotherhood makes decisions concerning the inner affairs of the monastery. The main altar of the church is made up of the Holy Altar, Apse.
THE FUNCTIONAL STRUCTURE OF THE ARMENIAN CHURCH. However, the First Christian Church had three main ecclesiastical orders Diaconate, Priesthood, and Bishopric. The Catholicos is the chief administrator of religious, spiritual, ecclesiastical and administrative matters and oversees the decision-making processes over dogmatic, liturgical and canonical issues. Hayartun Education, Culture and Youth Center, Hovhanes Tumanyan House Scientific, Cultural Center, Raphael Javakh Educational and Cultural Youth Center. Bishops alone administer the Holy Orders. This rank can only be granted by Bishops who themselves have attained the rank of Senior Archimandrite. After receiving the necessary level of higher education and upon successful completion and defence of a written thesis, on a topic of his choosing, the Monk receives the rank of Archimandrite (Vardapet).
Bishops, with the full power of the Apostles, are the governors of various Diocese of the Church. Clerical Hierarchy The Priest -Third on the hierarchical ladder is the priest, who is appointed by the Bishop and accepted by the Parish Assembly of a given parish. There are four distinct functions of a Tbir: Doorkeeper (Trnaban) Only those men who receive the sacrament of the Holy Orders are clergyman of God in the full sense of the word. This area is restricted to clergy and church clerks. Episcopacy symbolizes the union of the Church. The Catholicosate of All Armenians in Etchmiadzin (established by St. Gregory the Illuminator in the fourth century). One who receives these four minor ranks is known as a Tbir (or clerk). The heads of both Sees are consecrated by the same rite of the Church and enjoy the same privileges of a catholicos, namely, the consecration of bishops and blessing of Holy Muron. The Armenian Church has two Patriarchates in Jerusalem and Constantinople. These men were the successors to the Apostles in their own locality, such as a large town, a province, or even a state. Deacons are ordained by bishops. The first deacons were elected by the faithful and were appointed and ordained by the Apostles to distribute aid, as well as to serve the public dinner tables at which Holy Communion was administered (Acts 6:1-7). By placing his anointed right hand on the ordinate, this continues the unbroken Apostolic succession of authority, granted by the apostles to the first Bishops of the Church, and carried on today through Ordination and Consecration.
Through the Ordination and Consecration, men receive the power and grace of the Holy Spirit, as well as the authority to pass it to others through sacraments, ordination and anointing with chrism and to perform the sacred duties of a clergyman of the Church. It regulates the inner administrative activity of the Diocese under the direction of the Primate. The Catholicosate of All Armenians, also known as the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin, is the supreme ecclesiastical centre of the Armenian Church. However, nowadays, in the Armenian Apostolic Orthodox Holy Church the Bishop is Ordained and Consecrated by the Catholicos of All Armenians at the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin. The Patriarchs of Jerusalem and Constantinople have the rank of Archbishop. THE SUPREME SPIRITUAL COUNCIL - is the highest executive body of the Armenian Apostolic Orthodox Holy Church and is presided over by the Catholicos of All Armenians. The Catholicosate of the Great House of Cilicia (established in Antelias, Lebanon in 1930, but its roots go back to the 13th century). They were called Bishops, Episcopos, which is a Greek word meaning overseer.
However, as the membership of the Church increased, the Apostles created other officers to assist them. In the Armenian Apostolic Orthodox Holy Church, the priest receives his authority from a Bishop through Ordination and Consecration with the Holy Chrism (Muron).
It is composed of all the baptized persons who are united in the same Faith, the same Holy Communion, the same Sacraments, and under the same Ecclesiastical authority. This authority to serve, to teach, to sanctify and to govern is not given by election or appointment, but by a sacred sacrament called Ordination and Consecration. Archbishops are consecrated by the Catholicos of All Armenians, and their rank is awarded through Pontifical Encyclical. These men were the successors to the Apostles in their own locality, such as a large town, a province, or even a state.
The Catholicos represents the centralized authority of the Armenian Church. Secular (married) priests with great merit and due to his long service, upon to the request of Primate of Diocese and with the blessing of the Catholicos, can be granted the right to wear the Pectoral Cross and Phelonian and to receives the title of Archpriest (Senior Priest). These men were called Elders. The office and the ecclesiastical circumscription of a Christian patriarch is termed a patriarchate.
It makes suggestions on the dogmatic, religious, church, parish and canonical issues to be discussed as agenda items during the National Ecclesiastical Assembly. The priest is to administer and provide for spiritual renewal and education of the faithful, as well as to celebrate the Divine Liturgy and perform the sacraments, and special services. The Patriarchate of Constantinople (established in 1461 by Sultan Mehmet II). In the Armenian Church, the priest receives his authority from a Bishop through ordination and anointment with the Holy Chrism (Muron).
Delegates to the NEA are elected by the Diocesan Assemblies of the dioceses of the Armenian Apostolic Orthodox Holy Church or communities around the world. Parish Assembly. He may have a lower rank than that of a Bishop, and even if there are retired Bishops or even Archbishops in his diocese, they come under his jurisdiction in matters of administration. During the sacrament of Ordination and Consecration to the priesthood, the Bishop places his hand on the head of the candidate. Note: the Armenian Apostolic Orthodox Holy Church should not be confused, with the Armenian Catholic Church whose Patriarch-Catholicos (of the Armenian Catholic Rite) is an Eastern Catholic church in communion with the Holy See in Rome. A room or chapel where the vestments of the celebrant and altar servers are prepared. The norms of the administrative structure of the church go back to the Apostolic times. The Apostles also chose, appointed and ordained other assistants to help them in baptizing the converts, in administering the Holy Communion and for other functions in the Church. Therefore, before leaving a town or country, where they had already established a flourishing church, they used to appoint an able and dependable person to supervise the Christian communities of the area to act with full authority in the name of the Apostles. Within the Armenian Apostolic Orthodox Holy Church, as well as Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, Oriental Orthodox, Moravian, Anglican, Old Catholic, Assyrian Church of the East, Bishops claim apostolic succession, a direct historical lineage dating back to the original Twelve Apostles. There are both secular (married) and celibate (unmarried) priests in the Armenian.
Sub-Diaconate wears an urar (bazkurar) on the left arm during rituals (the urar is a narrow, long ribbon for the deacon's robe, symbolizing the yoke of Christ), which means that the person is willing to carry a quarter of the yoke of Christ. Those who exercise this ecclesiastical authority form the clergy of officers of the Church who serve God, teach and sanctify the faithful, and govern the Church. Patriarchs are independent in all administrative matters within the areas of their own jurisdiction.
Beginning in 1293 and continuing for more than six centuries, the city of Sis (modern-day Kozan, Adana, Turkey) was the center of the Catholicosate of the Great House of Cilicia. Catholicos Ordination of bishops, blessing of chrism, proclamation of feasts, invitation and dismissal of National-Ecclesiastical Councils, issuing decrees concerning the administration of the Armenian Church and establishing dioceses are all within his jurisdiction and responsibility. There are four brotherhoods in the Armenian Apostolic Orthodox Holy Church: Each Armenian celibate priest becomes a member of the brotherhood in which he has studied and ordained and consecrated in or under the jurisdiction of which he has served. The font is a large wash basin where infant baptisms are performed and located in the Chancel. They were teachers, sanctifiers and rulers in the Church.
The rank of URARAKRI arose, by which the candidate approaches the main ecclesiastical order of Diaconate. One of the most important aspects of the Armenian Apostolic Orthodox Holy Church administration is its conciliar system. Members of the parish council are elected or appointed at the parish assembly. A widowed priest can become a monk or marry for a second time, according to the regulation decreed by Catholicos of All Armenians Kevork V (1911-1930).
The latter service is sometimes as valuable and meritorious before God as the service rendered by the Holy Orders. PATRIARCH: The word Patriarch is derived from Greek patriarchs, meaning chief or father of a family, a compound of patria, meaning family, and archein, meaning to rule.. In 1441, Kirakos I Virapetsi of Armenia was elected Catholicos in Holy Etchmiadzin. The rank of Deacons is given by the ordination by the Bishop.
The higher ranks are those of Archbishop, Patriarch and Catholicos. Titles within the Ranks of Clergy However, the one act that is common to all the ranks is the Laying of the hands (Tzernatroutiun in Armenian) by the Bishop. THE PARISH COUNCIL - is the executive-administrative body of the community. There are four distinct functions of a Clerk: Doorkeeper, Reader, Exorcist and Candle Bearer. Monastic priests or celibate priests (vardapets) would normally be members of a Brotherhood of the Hierarchical Sees in Etchmiadzin, Antelias, Jerusalem or Constaninople and are under the jurisdiction of the Catholicos or the Patriarch of a given See. The Catholicos-First on the hierarchical ladder is the Catholicos, as the Chief Bishop and Supreme head of the Armenian Church. An elevated rank of Bishop with a higher degree of precedence. It is composed of all the baptised persons who are united in the same Faith, the same Holy Communion, the same Sacraments, and under the same Ecclesiastical authority. In the Armenian Apostolic Orthodox Holy Church, the celibate priest receives his authority from a Bishop through Ordination and Consecration with the Holy Chrism (Muron) too. The Armenian Apostolic Orthodox Holy Church gives her Abegha (celibate priest) two scholarly degrees and only Abegha (celibate priest) can receive scholarly degrees: *These degrees of Master/Doctor of Divinity are not given through performing of the sacrament of the Ordination and Consecration; the Bishop or the Catholicos give these degrees during the special service called Tvchutyun in Armenian. It is true that by Baptism all Christians are endowed with the priesthood of laymen, who have thus the obligation to offer up to God the spiritual sacrifices of thanksgiving, prayers and acts of faith, hope, and charity. His Holiness the Catholicos, having at least two other Bishops assisting him at the Ordination and Consecration, performs the Ordination and Consecration of a Bishop, according to the rules of the Armenian Apostolic Orthodox Holy Church. The Catholicos of All Armenians is the world-wide spiritual leader who represents the centralised authority of the Armenian Church. Nowadays, the rank of the Sub-Diaconate has almost lost its significance. A consecrated position bestowed upon an Archimandrite who is entrusted with a position of authority.
The Catholicos - or in his absence the Locum Tenens - is ex-officio president of the National Ecclesiastical Assembly. The Catholicos of Cilicia is equal in rank, but recognizes the primacy of honor of the Catholicos of All Armenians in Etchmiadzin. The sub-Diaconate is a transitional rank between Tbir and full Deacon in which a young man is preparing himself for fuller service to the church. Copyright 2018 - 2022 Diocese of the Armenian Church of the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland, , At Risk: The Medieval Armenian Churches and Monasteries of Artsakh, A New Home for All Armenians in Britain Open day at the new Armenian Diocesan centre, Another successful and long awaited annual Armenian Summer Festival took place in London.