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{{cleanup}}'''Orthodox Christian brotherhoodsBrotherhoods''' (or orthodox christian fraternitiesalso called ''Fraternities'', or ''ecclesiastical organisations, or religious organisations'')are named the incorporations of persons that aim in the ministration of the fold of orthodox churchOrthodox Church.
'''==Operation==These fraternities come into being through the personal initiative of Orthodox individuals and are usually focused on various activities that are seen as being lacking; common activities being internal mission (ie on uplifting piety in one'''s own country), external [[evangelism]] (ie going to other countries to spread Orthodoxy), charitable work or fellowship. The fraternities, no matter how influential, do not have a special place in the Church being as they are private endeavours. If they are part of the Church, they are under the [[jurisdiction]] of the local [[bishop]]. Some fraternities restrict their membership to celibate members (either [[monastic]] or unmarried, where membership ends in the event of [[marriage]]) or, sometimes, regard permanent [[Celibacy|celibacy]] as a condition of membership.
So, these fraternities come into being through ==Historical evidence==Fraternities are not new in the personal initiative of some orthodox Church and have existed since the first century. There are activated reports of the fraternity of the ''Spoudaioi'', in which St [[Anthony the Great|Anthony]] took part in various sectors; the ''Parabalaneis'', etc. Some fraternities were founded such luminaries as internal or exterior missionSs [[John Chrysostom]], voluntary work within a parish or association[[Clement of Alexandria]], the spiritual support of their members etcand [[Gregory Palamas]]. The fraternities do not acquire separate place in In the system of Churchmodern era, as they constitute a private effort. They there are in the jurisdiction of the local bishop. A particular category of fraternities is those whose members are "dedicated", with the meaning of their celibacy various names in Christmany places having varied objectives.
'''Historical evidence'''==Known fraternities==*[[Holy Order of MANS|Christ the Savior Brotherhood]], based around [[St. Herman of Alaska Brotherhood|St. Herman of Alaska Monastery (Platina, California)]].*[[Brotherhood of St. Symeon the New Theologian]], based around the teachings of Archimandrite [[Eusebius A. Stephanou]]*[[Brotherhood of Theologians Zoe|Zoe]], founded in 1907 by Fr Eusebios Matthopoulos, based in Greece.*[[Brotherhood of Theologians Soter|Soter]], founded in 1963 by Panagiotes Trembelas, based in Greece.*The [[Army of the Lord]], based in Romania.*The [[Congregation of Orthodox Christian Peoples]], founded in the 1920s, with its centre at Sabac, Serbia.
Fraternities have appeared since the first century ==Further reading==* Basil Jioultsis. ''"Religious Brotherhoods: ASociological View.D.. In ecclesiastical sources, there are reports fot the fraternity of "Spoudaioi" (in which Antonios the Great took part in before leaving for the desert)'' '''Social Compass''', the fraternity of "Parabalaneis" e.a.. Fraternities were founded by Saints of the Orthodox Church such as Saint John ChrysostomXXII, Saint Clement of Alexandria1975/1, Saint Gregory Palamaspp. In the modern era, there are fraternities with various names, as fraternity, orthodox association, christian union, missionary association etc67-83. Known modern fraternities exist in Greece
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