Church Hierachy

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HIS HOLINESS – THE PATRIARCH

His Holiness, the Patriarch is the legitimate successor of St. Peter the Head Apostle. The Patriarch is the Supreme Head of the Syrian/Syriac Orthodox Church of Antioch, the defender of its faith, doctrine, and apostolic traditions. The symbol of its unity, its representative and spokesman everywhere the general supervisor of all its affairs and the Spiritual Father of all Syrian/Syriac Orthodox people worldwide. His Holiness must be obeyed by the Catholicos, Metropolitans (Bishops), Priests (Vicars), Monks, Nuns, Deacons and all laity. His Holiness name shall be proclaimed throughout all Syrian/Syriac Orthodox Churches/Parishes and Congregations during the Holy Qurbano (Holy Mass) and canonical prayers, before the name of the Diocesan Metropolitan (Bishop), and in Jacobite Syrian Churches/Parishes and Congregations before the name of the Catholicos. His title is: His Holiness the Supreme Pontiff Moran Mor Ignatius ... Patriarch of Antioch and All the East and the Supreme Head of the Universal Syriac Orthodox Church.

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HIS BEATITUDE – THE CATHOLICOS

His Beatitude, The Catholicos, ranks second after the Patriarch within the Syrian/Syriac Orthodox Church hierarchy. HB is selected by Malankara Jacobite Syrian Christian Association (General Body). The Metropolitans (Bishop) must obey him, so must the Priests/Vicars, Deacons and all the people within the Jacobite Syrian Christian Church in India. His name shall be proclaimed throughout the Jacobite Syrian Churches during the Holy Qurbano (Holy Mass) and canonical prayers, after the name of the Patriarch and preceding the name of the Diocesan Metropolitan (Bishop). His name should be mentioned also at every Syrian Church where he attends prayer. His title is: His Beatitude Mor Baselius. Catholicos of the India.

HIS EMINENCE - THE METROPOLITAN(BISHOP)

The Metropolitan (Bishop) is one of the Church shepherds, the Successors of the Apostles. He is elected by the Diocesan General Body and consecrated either by the Catholicos or the H. H. the Patriarch after the Holy Synods approval. He should obey the instructions of H.H the Patriarch. The Priests/Vicars, Deacons and all the people of his Diocese should obey him. His name shall be proclaimed throughout the Churches of his Diocese after the name of H.B the Catholicos. His title is: "His Eminence"...

THE PRIEST

The Priest is the one who ministers the Church Sacraments, and shepherds the spiritual affairs of the faithful within the Church he is assigned to, through the guidance and supervision of the Patriarchal vicar/Metropolitan (Bishop).

THE DEACON

The Deacon assists the clergy in performing Church rites.

ALTAR ASSISTANTS/SUB DEACONS

Altar assistants/Sub deacons assist the clergy in performing church rites.

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