Bishop (Episkopos)

(Greek for "overseer"). The duties peculiar to the office of a bishop are to preside over his diocese as the spiritual father, ordain priests and deacons, administer Chrism, consecrate church buildings, participate in ordaining bishops and in making the Chrism (Myron).
Bishops are successors to the apostles, and, from the historical point of view, the episkopate is an extentianoa of the apostolate.


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  • Bishop — • The title of an ecclesiastical dignitary who possesses the fullness of the priesthood to rule a diocese as its chief pastor, in due submission to the primacy of the pope Catholic Encyclopedia. Kevin Knight. 2006. Bishop     Bishop …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • bishop — (n.) O.E. bisceop bishop, high priest (Jewish or pagan), from L.L. episcopus, from Gk. episkopos watcher, overseer, a title for various government officials, later taken over in a Church sense, from epi over (see EPI (Cf. epi )) + skopos watcher …   Etymology dictionary

  • bishop — [bish′əp] n. [ME < OE bisceop < LL episcopus, an overseer (in LL(Ec), bishop) < Gr episkopos, overseer (in N.T., bishop) < epi , upon + skopos < skopein, to look (see SCOPE)] 1. a) a high ranking member of the Christian clergy… …   English World dictionary

  • bishop — ► NOUN 1) a senior member of the Christian clergy, usually in charge of a diocese and empowered to confer holy orders. 2) a chess piece, typically having a top shaped like a mitre, that can move in any direction along a diagonal. ORIGIN Greek… …   English terms dictionary

  • Bishop — A bishop is an ordained or consecrated member of the Christian clergy who is generally entrusted with a position of authority and oversight. The office of bishop is one of the three ministerial offices within Christianity, the other two being… …   Wikipedia

  • Bishop — This early and very interesting surname, popular throughout Europe, is of Ancient Greek, pre Christian, origins. It derives from the word episkopos , translating as the overseer, from the elements epi , meaning on or over, plus skopein , to look …   Surnames reference

  • bishop — bishopless, adj. bishoplike, adj. /bish euhp/, n., v., bishoped, bishoping. n. 1. a person who supervises a number of local churches or a diocese, being in the Greek, Roman Catholic, Anglican, and other churches a member of the highest order of… …   Universalium

  • bishop — [OE] Bishop originally had no ecclesiastical connections; its Greek source, episkopos, at first meant simply ‘overseer’, from epi ‘around’ and skopein ‘look’ (antecedent of English scope, and related to spy). From the general sense, it came to be …   The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • bishop — bish|op W3 [ˈbıʃəp] n [: Old English; Origin: bisceop, from Late Latin episcopus, from Greek episkopos person in charge, bishop , from epi over + skeptesthai to look ] 1.) a priest with a high rank in some Christian religions, who is the head of… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • bishop — /ˈbɪʃəp / (say bishuhp) noun 1. a member of the clergy consecrated for the spiritual direction of a diocese, being in the Roman Catholic, Anglican, Greek, and certain other churches a member of the highest order in the ministry. See order (def.… …   Australian English dictionary

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