from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- adjective Having a head bishop who is not responsible to any higher-ranking ecclesiastical authority. Used of churches in the Eastern Orthodox communion.
from The Century Dictionary.
- Having a head or chief of its own; independent of jurisdiction: applied to a church.
- Acting as an independent head; having primary jurisdiction: as, an autocephalous bishop or metropolitan.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- adjective (Eccl. Hist.) Having its own head; independent of episcopal or patriarchal jurisdiction, as certain Greek churches.
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- adjective Christianity, of a church or bishop Self-governing or
autonomous: independentof other episcopal jurisdiction.
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
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The office is found not only in all Greek Churches subject to Constantinople, but also in the Russian, Bulgarian, and other so-called autocephalous
These independent churches are called autocephalous and several smaller churches are autonomous and under the authority of autocephalous bodies.
These independent churches are called autocephalous and several smaller churches are autonomous and under the authority of autocephalous bodies. negative theology to experience God, whereas Westerners focused on Oriental Orthodox
"autocephalous" metropolitans had no suffragan bishops, and depended directly on the patriarch.
"autocephalous" archdiocese, finally a metropolitan see; the dates of these changes are uncertain.
There are several Orthodox autocephalous churches in the world, most of them national.
Of course, if the autocephalous church — even just one religious community — was registered, it would start mushrooming, Antonyuk said.
Sava, fearful of the Roman influence, visited Nicaea and induced the Greek patriarch to recognize him as archbishop of all Serbia and as head of an autocephalous (independent) church.
Bulgaria was then incorporated in the empire and the autocephalous church of Ochrid became the prey of the patriarchal hierarchy.
The Bulgarians finally submitted (1018), but were left an autocephalous church at Ochrid.