What is Patriarch?

  • (noun): A man who is older and higher in rank than yourself.
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Originally, a patriarch was a man who exercised autocratic authority as a pater familias over an extended family. The system of such rule of families by senior males is termed patriarchy. This is a Greek word, a compound of πατριά (patria), "lineage, progeny", esp. by the father's side (which derives from the word πατήρ – patēr meaning "father") and ἄρχων (archon) meaning "leader", "chief", "ruler", "king", etc.

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Patriarch - Mormonism
... According to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, a patriarch is one who has been ordained to the office of Patriarch in the Melchizedek Priesthood ... One of the patriarch's primary responsibilities is to give patriarchal blessings, as Jacob did to his twelve sons according to the Old Testament ... Patriarchs are typically assigned in each stake (district the name derives from Isaiah 542 "nlarge the place of thy tent.. ...
Patriarch (disambiguation) - See Also
... Supreme Patriarch or Sangharaja, a title given to senior Theravada Buddhist monks Nasi or Patriarch of the Jews, the head of the Sanhedrin of Israel from ...
Fourth Council Of Constantinople (Roman Catholic) - Photian Schism
... from a local family, was appointed Patriarch of Constantinople, the most senior episcopal position save only that of Rome ... Emperor Michael III had deposed the previous patriarch, Ignatius ... The 869–870 Council condemned Photius and deposed him as patriarch and reinstated his predecessor Ignatius ...
Patriarch (disambiguation)
... Patriarch is the highest rank of bishop of the autocephalous churches in Eastern Orthodoxy, Oriental Orthodoxy, the Roman Catholic Church, and the Assyrian Church ... Patriarch may also refer to Patriarchs (Bible), prominent figures in the Hebrew scriptures, especially Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob Patriarch (Latter Day Saints), the Melchizedek Priesthood office in ...
Gregorios - People - Religious Leaders - Patriarchs
... Gregory Nazianzus, Patriarch of Constantinople Patriarch Gregory II of Constantinople Patriarch Gregory III of Constantinople Patriarch Gregory IV of Constantinople Gregory of Cappadocia, Patriarch of ...

More definitions of "Patriarch":

  • (noun): The male head of family or tribe.
    Synonyms: paterfamilias
  • (noun): Any of the early Biblical characters regarded as fathers of the human race.
  • (noun): Title for the heads of the Eastern Orthodox Churches (in Istanbul and Alexandria and Moscow and Jerusalem).