from The Century Dictionary.
- noun One of a class of clergy, in rank between bishops proper and presbyters, introduced in the latter part of the third century to aid in the episcopal supervision of the country districts of enlarged dioceses.
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- noun (Eccl.) A “country” or suffragan bishop, appointed in the ancient church by a diocesan bishop to exercise episcopal jurisdiction in a rural district.
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- noun A
countryor suffragan bishop, appointed in the ancient church by a diocesanbishop to exercise episcopal jurisdictionin a rural district.
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Prince, in his _Worthies_, calls the Rector of Haccombe "a kind of chorepiscopus;" and in a note refers to Dr. Field _Of the Church_, lib.v. c.
"chorepiscopus" resembles the bardût, but may also give minor orders.
"chorepiscopus" of Haura in the district of Sarugh, whence in 502 he wrote to the city of Edessa, threatened by the Persians, and in 519 to the Christians of Najran: in 519 he became Bishop of Batnan, the chief city of Sarugh.
The chorepiscopus visits, and can also consecrate, churches.
The earliest chorepiscopus of whom we have any knowledge was Zoticus, whom
Goar notes that the protopope, at least to some extent, succeeded to the place of the chorepiscopus.
The degree of archdeacon, though has an ordination service of its own, is only counted as a degree of the presbyterate, and is by some held to be the same as that of chorepiscopus (Kurapisqupa), which never involved episcopal ordination among the Nestorians.
The chorepiscopus of the episcopal residence occupies the first place in the cathedral in the absence of the bishop.
In the first half of the century lived Balai, chorepiscopus of Aleppo, the author of numerous poems which have been preserved in part.
This version was not Philoxenus's own work, but was made, upon his request and under his direction, by the chorepiscopus Polycarp about 505.