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'''Canon law''' touches on every area of Orthodox Church life, including [[Ecclesiology]], [[Liturgy]], and [[Ethics]]. Although generally referred to as canon law, it is more correctly referred to in the Orthodox community as the ''tradition of the holy canons''. This law, the canonical tradition, involves persons who are invested with authority (such as bishops) enabled with the means of creating, formulating, interpreting, executing, validating, amending and revoking these ''laws'' through synodical or conciliar action.
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'''Canon law''' is the tradition of canonical legislation, which governs Orthodox Church life.  It touches on every area of Church life, including [[Ecclesiology]], [[Liturgy]], and [[Ethics]]. Although generally referred to as canon law, it is more correctly referred to in the Orthodox community as the ''tradition of the holy canons''. This law, the canonical tradition, involves persons who are invested with authority (such as bishops) enabled with the means of creating, formulating, interpreting, executing, validating, amending and revoking these ''laws'' through synodical or conciliar action.
  
1. [[Didache|'''The Didache''']], or Teaching of the Twelve Apostles.
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== See also ==
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#[[Didache|'''The Didache''']], or Teaching of the Twelve Apostles.
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#The '''[[Ecumenical Councils]]'''
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#'''[[The Rudder]]''', the 85 Canons of the Holy and Altogether August Apostles, plus the Canons of the First through Fourth Ecumenical Councils constitute what is known as ''The Rudder''.
  
== The Rudder ==
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*[[Nomocanon]]
The 85 Canons of the Holy and Altogether August Apostles, plus the Canons of the First through Fourth Ecumenical Councils (see links further down this page) constitute what is known as "'''[[The Rudder]]'''."
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==The Ecumenical Councils==
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;People
===The First Ecumenical Council===
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* [[John Zonaras]] (11th c.)
The First Council of Nice A.D. 325, called by Emperor Constantine, Pope Silvester. The council met to deal with the schism created by Arianism. The Arians wished to avoid the heresy of Sabellius who believed in a divine monad which, by expansion, projected itself as Father, Son and Holy Spirit—a form of Modalism. The Arians separated the Son from God entirely so that they believed he was a creature having a beginning. "There was when he was not." The Son was but God's first creation, yet out of nothing and hence has preeminence over the rest of creation.  The symbol answers the question, "Who is Jesus Christ"? Its answer: God.
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* [[Theodore IV of Antioch|Theodore Balsamon]] (12th c.)
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* [[Matthew Blastares]] (14th c.)
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* [[Nicodemus of the Holy Mountain]] (18th c.)
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* [[Nikodim (Milas) of Dalmatia]] (19th c.)
  
====The Canons of the Councils of Ancyra, Gangra Neocaesarea====
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<!---How do these people relate to the Canon law?
====The Canons of Antioch and Laodicea====
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* [[Lewis Patsavos]]
These Canons were accepted and received by the Ecumenical Synods - The Provincial Synods
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* [[Peter (L'Huillier) of New York|Peter L'Huillier]]
====Council of Sardica====
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* [[Stanley S. Harakas]]
343 A.D. Canon V. Sardica was the first synod which asserted, in some sense, Roman primacy in the Church.
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* [[John H. Erickson]]
 
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===The Second Ecumenical Council===
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The First Council of Constantinople A.D. 381, Emperor Theodosius, Pope Damasus.
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===The Third Ecumenical Council===
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The Council of Ephesus A.D. 431, Emperors Theodosius II And Valentinian III, Pope Celestine I
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===The Fourth Ecumenical Council===
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The Council of Chalcedon A.D. 451, Emperors Marcian and Pulcheria (in the East) and Valentinian III. (in the West), Pope Leo I.
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===The Fifth Ecumenical Council===
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The Second Council of Constantinople A.D. 553, Emperor Justinian I, Pope Vigilius
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====The Anathemas of the Second Council of Constantinople====
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553 A.D. Also known as the The Capitula of the Council.
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===The Sixth Ecumenical Council===
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The Third Council of Constantinople A.D. 680-681, Emperor Constantine Pogonatus, Pope Agatho I
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====The Canons of the Council in Trullo====
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Often Called the Quinisext Council, A.D. 692.
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====The Canons of the Synods of Sardica, Carthage, Constantinople, and Carthage====
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These canons were received by the council in Trullo and ratified by the Seventh Ecumenical Council.
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===The Seventh Ecumenical Council===
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The Second Council of Nice A.D. 787, Emperors Constantine VI And Irene, Pope Hadrian
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===The So-Called “Eighth General Council” and Subsequent Councils===
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===Canons and Rulings Not Having Conciliar Origin===
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But approved by name in Canon II of the Synod in Trullo.
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==Articles and Books on Orthodox Canon Law==
 
==Articles and Books on Orthodox Canon Law==
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* [http://www.orthodoxa.org/GB/orthodoxy/canonlaw/russianterritory.htm The Russian Canonical Territory] - some comments from an Orthodox historico-canonical perspective
 
* [http://www.orthodoxa.org/GB/orthodoxy/canonlaw/russianterritory.htm The Russian Canonical Territory] - some comments from an Orthodox historico-canonical perspective
 
* [http://www.geocities.com/berolini/subseciva.htm Studies in Roman and Byzantine Law] - an index of articles in this journal is available online
 
* [http://www.geocities.com/berolini/subseciva.htm Studies in Roman and Byzantine Law] - an index of articles in this journal is available online
 
 
  
 
==Parallels in other religious groups==
 
==Parallels in other religious groups==
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* In Judaism, see [[w:Halakha]]
 
* In Judaism, see [[w:Halakha]]
 
* In Islam, see [[w:Sharia]], [[w:Fatwa]], and [[w:Fiqh]]
 
* In Islam, see [[w:Sharia]], [[w:Fatwa]], and [[w:Fiqh]]
 
== See also ==
 
*[[The Rudder]]
 
*[[Nomocanon]]
 
 
;People
 
* [[Nicodemus of the Holy Mountain]]
 
* [[Lewis Patsavos]]
 
* [[Peter (L'Huillier) of New York|Peter L'Huillier]]
 
* [[Stanley S. Harakas]]
 
* [[John H. Erickson]]
 
 
[[Category:Canon Law|*]]
 
[[Category:Councils]]
 
[[Category:Ecumenical Councils]]
 
  
 
== External links ==
 
== External links ==
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* [http://www.geocities.com/ekeied/ Post-Byzantine Law on the Web] - This site is devoted to the promotion of the study of law in Venetian and Ottoman Greece to the 19th century
 
* [http://www.geocities.com/ekeied/ Post-Byzantine Law on the Web] - This site is devoted to the promotion of the study of law in Venetian and Ottoman Greece to the 19th century
 
*[http://aroundomaha.com/cn/stjohn/canons.htm The Rudder]
 
*[http://aroundomaha.com/cn/stjohn/canons.htm The Rudder]
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*[http://www.archive.org/details/Pedalion Complete scan of the Pedalion in Greek] (1886 edition published in Athens. This is the book The Rudder translates. Link to pdf file at that site.)
 
*[http://ccel.org/fathers2/NPNF2-14/TOC.htm Canons and Definitions of the Ecumenical Councils]
 
*[http://ccel.org/fathers2/NPNF2-14/TOC.htm Canons and Definitions of the Ecumenical Councils]
 
*[http://aggreen.net/canons/canons.html Canons of the Orthodox Church]
 
*[http://aggreen.net/canons/canons.html Canons of the Orthodox Church]
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*[http://www.archive.org/details/SyntagmaTonTheionKaiHieronKanononTonTeHagionKaiPaneuphemonApostolon Canons of the Orthodox Church in Greek] (Link to pdf scans of all 6 volumes of the definitive 19th century collection of Rhalle and Potle)
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*[http://www.archive.org/details/drevneslavianska00bene Canons of the Orthodox Church in Slavonic with Greek parallel] (Link to pdf scan of Beneshevich's 1906 Drevne-Slavonskaia Kormchaia [Old Slavonic Kormchaia{Kniga}, 14 Chapters without commentary])
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[[Category:Councils]]
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[[Category:Ecumenical Councils]]
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[[fr:Droit canon]]
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[[ro:Drept canonic]]

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Canon law is the tradition of canonical legislation, which governs Orthodox Church life. It touches on every area of Church life, including Ecclesiology, Liturgy, and Ethics. Although generally referred to as canon law, it is more correctly referred to in the Orthodox community as the tradition of the holy canons. This law, the canonical tradition, involves persons who are invested with authority (such as bishops) enabled with the means of creating, formulating, interpreting, executing, validating, amending and revoking these laws through synodical or conciliar action.

Contents

See also

  1. The Didache, or Teaching of the Twelve Apostles.
  2. The Ecumenical Councils
  3. The Rudder, the 85 Canons of the Holy and Altogether August Apostles, plus the Canons of the First through Fourth Ecumenical Councils constitute what is known as The Rudder.
People


Articles and Books on Orthodox Canon Law

  • N. Athanasiev. "The Canons of the Church: Changeable or Unchangeable?" St. Vladimir's Theological Quarterly, 11 (1967), pp. 54-68.
  • John H. Erickson, The Challenge of Our Past: Studies in Orthodox Canon Law and Church History.Crestwood, NY: St. Vladimir's Seminary Press, 1991. ISBN 978-0881410860.
  • Archbishop Peter L'Huillier, The Church of the Ancient Councils: The Disciplinary Work of the First Four Ecumenical Councils. Crestwood, NY: St Vladimir's Seminary Press, 2000. ISBN 978-0881410075.
  • Lewis J. Patsavos. The Canon Law of the Orthodox Catholic Church (Mimeographed Notes). Brookline, MA.: Holy Cross Bookstore, 1975.
  • Lewis J. Patsavos, Spiritual Dimensions of the Holy Canons. Brookline, MA: Holy Cross Orthodox Press, 2007. ISBN 978-1885652683.
  • Henry R. Percival, Ed. The Seven Ecumenical Councils of the Undivided Church: Their Canons and Dogmatic Decrees, Together with the Canons of All the Local Synods Which Have Received Ecumenical Acceptance. Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 1956.
  • Panteleimon Rodopoulos and George Dion Dragas, Ed. An Overview of Orthodox Canon Law. Orthodox Research Institute, 2007. ISBN 978-1933275154.
  • Patrick Viscuso, Orthodox Canon Law: A Casebook for Study. InterOrthodox Press, 2007. ISBN 978-1932401103.
  • The Stand of the Orthodox Church on Controversial Issues by Stanley Harakas
  • B. Archondonis. "A Common Code for the Orthodox Churches," Kanon I (1973), pp. 45-53.
  • The Theology of Oikonomia and Its Implications for Sacramental and Ecumenical Perspectives by Sabu John
  • The Canonical Tradition of the Orthodox Church by Lewis Patsavos
  • The Russian Canonical Territory - some comments from an Orthodox historico-canonical perspective
  • Studies in Roman and Byzantine Law - an index of articles in this journal is available online

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