metropolitan

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metropolitan

1. constituting a city and its suburbs
2. of, relating to, or designating an ecclesiastical metropolis
3. of or belonging to the home territories of a country, as opposed to overseas territories
4. 
a. Eastern Churches the head of an ecclesiastical province, ranking between archbishop and patriarch
b. Church of England an archbishop
c. RC Church an archbishop or bishop having authority in certain matters over the dioceses in his province
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John Zizioulas's emphasis on the essentially pastoral and cultic role of the bishop who, in presiding the divine liturgy, "makes the church", a that is instantiated as catholic, as it gathers together under the bishop, is profoundly important; and the later development of the church, with metropolitical and patriarchal structures on the one hand and parishes on the other, should have been a way of preserving and developing this fundamental intuition--something which was not often the case in practice.