stauropegion

noun stau·ro·pe·gion \ ˌstäurȯˈpēˌyȯn \

Definition of stauropegion

plural stauropegia \-ē(ˌ)yä)\
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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Origin and Etymology of 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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