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Orthodox Church of Ashukovo
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|Christian Orthodox Church of Ashukovo|
Coat of Arms
|Active||11 April 2014 - present|
|Primate||HH Christodoulos I, Patriarch of All Ashukovo|
|Church of St. Leonides, Mouzilo |
Church of St. George, Mouzilo
Church of Sts. Cyrill and Methodius, Montania
|Languages||Ashukov (liturgical) |
• Medieval Greek in Mouzilo
• Old Church Slavonic in Akharnes
English (for documents)
The Orthodox Church of Ashukovo (OCA;Ashukov: Ашуковски Православяски Цркова Ashukovski pravoslavyanski crkova) is a de facto autocephalous Orthodox Christian church exercising jurisdiction over Ashukov Orthodox Christians in the Ashukov Federation. It is the largest organized church in Ashukovo.
The church was founded on April 11th 2014, by a team of 4 Ashukov officials. This meeting could also be characterized as the first Holy Synod of the Ashukov Orthodox Church, a body consisting of the Patriarch of All Ashukovo and the church's Bishops, which convenes regularly and in which the Patriarch is primus inter pares. The current Patriarch is Christodoulos I, Bishop of Mouzilo
Most Ashukov Orthodox Christians claim that their Church is the one of the "correct faith and glorification of God" an idea coming from the church's name, "Православя" (Pravoslavya) itself a calque from the Greek "Ορθοδοξία" (Orthodoxia) a union of the word ορθός (orthos, "straight" "correct" "true" "right") and δόξα (doxa, "glory" but also "worship" "belief").
The church is currently not recognized by any of the canonical (or not) Christian Orthodox Churches.
Organization and Clergy
The Church is headed by a bishop who is also the its primate and first among equals and bears the title of Patriarch. Geographically, the Church divided into dioceses, each ruled by a bishop who, in general, is considered to be a successor to the Apostles in the service and government of the Church. The bishops thus serve εις τόπον και τύπον Χριστού (Greek:is topon ke typon Christou, "in place and as a type of Christ") in the Church. No bishop in the Ashukov Orthodox Church is considered infallible. None has any authority over or apart from his priests, people or the other bishops. Bishops have the responsibility of maintaining the unity of the Church throughout the country by insuring the truth and unity of the faith and practice of their diocese. The bishops represent their particular dioceses to the other churches or dioceses, and represent the Universal Church to their own particular priests, deacons, and people.
Lower in the hierarchy of the Church are the priests who are also referred to as clerks or, occasionally, presbyters. Priests usually administer a church by the authority and with the blessing of their respective bishops. The priests bless all of the divine services conducted in their churches and are authorized to celebrate all of the mysteries (sacraments) of the Church, with the exception of ordination, which is reserved to the bishop.
Dioceses and parishes
The church's current dioceses and parishes are:
|Diocese||Parishes||Bishop||Date of establishment|
|Patriarchate of All Ashukovo||None||HH Patriarch Christodoulos II||11 April 2014|
|Diocese of Mladorossija||None||HH Patriarch Christodoulos II||11 April 2014|
|Diocese of Aetos||TBA||TBA||11 April 2014|
|Diocese of Akharnes||TBA||TBA||11 April 2014|
|Diocese of Montania||
||Rt. Rev. Cyrill I||11 April 2014|
|Diocese of Mouzilo||
||HH Christodoulos I||11 April 2014|
|Diocese of Petras||TBA||Rt. Rev Demetrios I||9 June 2014|
The Patriarch (from Greek "Πατριάρχης" patriarchis) is the specific title given to the bishop who serves as the primate of the Ashukov Orthodox Church. The Patriarch is the de facto ruler of the OCA but is also primus inter pares, first among equals. His duties are to oversee the actions of the church and preserve the church's unity, customs and ethics as well as the application of God's Word. The Patriarch also heads the Patriarchate of All Ashukovo and the Holy Synod. The current Patriarch of All Ashukovo is His Holiness, Christodoulos the First, Bishop of Mouzilo and Laru.
|Patriarch of All Ashukovo|
HH Christodoulos I
|Residence:||Agiopolis, Mouzilo (de facto)|
Timeline of Ashukov Patriarchs
|Previous term of current Patriarch|
|Former Patriarch with more than one terms|
Name of Birth
|Term of office||Other offices in the church |
|11 April 2014||Present||Bishop of the Mouzeliot Diocese|
|The first Patriarch of the Church|
Notes and references
- Byzantine church, built in the 5th century AD
- Under construction
- Liturgies in English can occur
- 6 churches are located within the territory claimed by Ashukov states
- http://ashukovskivesti.wordpress.com/2014/04/13/orthodox-church-of-ashukovo-estabished/ "Orthodox Church of Ashukovo established." Ašukovski Vesti, April 13, 2014