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Bulgarian Orthodox Church, Orthodox Church

Bulgarian Orthodox Church, Orthodox Church

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Bulgarian Orthodox Church1
Bulgarian Orthodox Church
 Bulgarian Orthodox Church
Българска православна църква
Coat of Arms
Founder
Apostle Andrew,Boris I of Bulgaria
Independence
919
Recognition
927
Primate
Patriarch Maxim
Headquarters
Bulgaria
Territory
Bulgaria
Possessions
United States, Canada, Australia, Europe
Language
Bulgarian and Church Slavonic
Adherents
~10,000,000
Website
Bulgarian Orthodox Church
 [1]
The
Bulgarian Orthodox Church
(Bulgarian: Българска православна църква,
 Balgarska pravoslavna t sarkva
) isan autocephalous Eastern Orthodox Church with some 6.5 million members in the Republic of Bulgaria and between1.5 and 2.0 million members in a number of European countries, the Americas and Australia. The recognition of theautocephalous Bulgarian Patriarchate by the Patriarchate of Constantinople in 927 AD makes the BulgarianOrthodox Church the oldest autocephalous Slavic Orthodox Church in the world, which was added to the Pentarchyof the original Patriarchates - those of Rome (which became today's Roman Catholic Church after the Schism),Constantinople, Alexandria, Antioch and Jerusalem - and the autocephalous Georgian Catholicosate.
Canonical status and organization
The Bulgarian Orthodox Church considers itself an inseparable member of the one, holy, synodal and apostolicchurch and is organized as a self-governing body under the name of Patriarchate. It is divided into thirteen dioceseswithin the boundaries of the Republic of Bulgaria and has jurisdiction over additional two dioceses for Bulgarians inWestern and Central Europe, the Americas, Canada and Australia. The dioceses of the Bulgarian Orthodox Churchare divided into 58 church counties, which, in turn, are subdivided into some 2,600 parishes.The supreme clerical, judicial and administrative power for the whole domain of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church isexercised by the Holy Synod, which includes the Patriarch and the diocesan prelates, who are called metropolitans.Church life in the parishes is guided by the parish priests, numbering some 1,500. The Bulgarian Orthodox Churchalso has some 120 monasteries in Bulgaria, with about 2000 monks and nearly as many nuns.
 
Bulgarian Orthodox Church2
Eparchy
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History
Byzantine EmpireCrusadesEcumenical councilChristianization of BulgariaChristianization of Kievan Rus'East-West Schism
 By region
Asian - CoptsEastern Orthodox - Georgian - Ukrainian
Traditions
Church of the EastEastern Catholic ChurchesEastern Orthodox ChurchOriental OrthodoxySyriac Christianity
Liturgy and Worship
Sign of the crossDivine LiturgyIconographyAsceticismOmophorion
Theology
Hesychasm - IconApophaticism - Filioque clauseMiaphysitism - MonophysitismNestorianism -Theosis - TheoriaPhronema - PhilokaliaPraxis - TheotokosHypostasis - OusiaEssence-Energies distinctionMetousiosis
Eparchies in Bulgaria:
(with Bulgarian names in brackets)

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