Armazist Church

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The Armazist Church is the largest Armazist denomination. It is one of the oldest religious institutions in Adonia and has played a prominent role in the history and development of Western civilization. Headed by the Christos of the Akropolis, known as the Matriarch, the church's central administration is in the city-state of Armazia.


Organization

Boule

The Boule (Aetolian: βουλή, boulē) is the council of all hierophants.

Hierarchy

Matriarch

The hierarchy of the Armazist Church is headed by the Christos of the Akropolis, known as the Matriarch, who is the leader of the worldwide Armazistc Church. The current Matriarch, Salome, was elected on 14 June 2010 by the hierophants.

Hierophant

A hierophant (Aetolian: ἱεροφάντης) is a person who brings religious congregants into the presence of that which is deemed holy. The word comes from Ancient Aetolia, where it was constructed from the combination of ta hiera, "the holy", and phainein, "to show". A hierophant is an interpreter of sacred mysteries and Armazist principles. The duties of the hierophants include attending the meetings of the Boule and making themselves available individually or in groups to the Matriarch as requested. Some have additional duties, such managing a department of the city state of Armazia. A hierophant's primary duty is electing the Matriarch when the post becomes vacant. A hierophant heads an enoria.

Christos

A christos (Aetolian: xριστός, meaning "the anointed one") is the worship leader of a temenos. They represent the Church in the enoria they serve and coordinate festivals and other religious activities within the enoria.

Daduchos

A daduchos (Aetolian: δᾳδοῦχος "torch-bearer", from δᾶις+ἔχω) is a priest who serves a temenos dedicated to a god.

Enorias and temene

Individual countries, regions, or major cities are served by a particular religious administration known as an enoria, each overseen by a hierophant. As of 2018, there are # enorias worldwide, including # in Aetolia and 117 in Varkana.