stauropegion

noun
stau·​ro·​pe·​gion | \ˌstäurȯˈpēˌyȯn\
plural stauropegia\-​ē(ˌ)yä) \

Definition of stauropegion 

Eastern Church

: a church or monastery exempt from the jurisdiction of the local bishop and directly subject to the highest authority of the territorial church

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History and Etymology for stauropegion

Middle Greek or New Greek stauropēgion, from Middle Greek, act of fastening a cross on the spot where a church is to be built, from Late Greek stauro- + Modern Greek -pēgion (from pēgnynai to stick in, fix, fasten together)

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