Vicar

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Vicar usually refers to a representative of a bishop. This is usually a priest or another bishop, representing a bishop or a patriarch.


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A vicar bishop usually bears in his title the names of both his titular see (usually a smaller town within the diocese in which he ministers) and the see to which he is subordinate. For example, Bishop Ignaty (Punin), the vicar bishop under the Diocese of Smolensk and Kaliningrad, is titled "The Rt. Rev. Ignaty, the bishop of Vyazemsk, the vicar of the Diocese of Smolensk," Vyazemsk being a smaller town inside the territory of the Diocese of Smolensk and Kaliningrad. Normally, only large dioceses have vicar bishops, sometimes more than one.

Usually, Russian Orthodox vicar bishops have no independent jurisdiction (even in their titular towns) and are subordinate to their diocesan bishops; though some of them de facto may have jurisdiction over some territories, especially when there is a need to avoid an overlapping jurisdiction. In the Russian Orthodox Church, some vicar bishops are styled "archbishops" or "metropolitans", but these titles are merely honorary. In some other Eastern Orthodox Churches the term "chorbishop" is used instead of "vicar bishop."

Another example is Metr. Alexios of Atlanta (GOARCH) who served as the Archepiscopal Vicar for the Diocese of Atlanta from the death of Bp. Philip until Alexios was elected as the new bishop of the diocese. The Metropolis of Atlanta likewise has several priests as vicars who assist His Eminence Alexios.1

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