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holy synod

noun, Eastern Church.
the governing council of an autocephalous church, composed of bishops and presided over by the patriarch or another prelate.
Origin of holy synod
First recorded in 1760-70 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • The czar appointed his former tutor as Procurator of the holy synod.

    The Story of Russia R. Van Bergen, M.A.
  • The holy synod remains the highest ecclesiastical authority.

    Russia Donald Mackenzie Wallace
  • "Our traditions are against your understandings," replied the holy synod.

  • The holy synod gave the desired permission the next year, and appointed Nicolai its first missionary.

    The Gist of Japan R. B. Peery
  • This Tsar, being full of anger against the holy synod, had driven away the man at the head of it.

    The Kaiser's Memoirs

    William II, German Emperor
  • The holy synod consisted of bishops and a Procurator-general who represented the czar and as such could veto any resolution.

    The Story of Russia R. Van Bergen, M.A.
  • He, as well as his people, is subject in religious matters to the ecclesiastical authority of the holy synod.

    Artist and Model

    Ren de Pont-Jest
  • The holy synod is made up of metropolitans, archbishops, a procurator-general and secretaries.

    Artist and Model

    Ren de Pont-Jest
  • He would only receive five delegates, who read their document in a plenary sitting of the holy synod.

  • In the house of the holy synod are thirty silver vessels containing the holy oil used in baptising all the children in Russia.

British Dictionary definitions for holy synod

holy synod

the governing body of any of the Orthodox Churches
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