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πρωτόπαππας

Protopapas (Greek: πρωτοπαπάς, "first priest, archpriest") is a Greek Orthodox ecclesiastical office.

The office appeared in Byzantine times, when the protopapas was a subaltern of a bishop, along with his own deputy, the deutereuon ("the second one"). Already in the middle Byzantine period (8th–12th centuries), protopapades were appointed as the head clerics of particularly important churches, or as a bishop's representatives in the rural districts. The mid-14th century Book of Offices of Pseudo-Kodinos mentions the role of the protopapas of the imperial palace during imperial church ceremonies on Christmas and Epiphany, as well as during the Holy Week. According to Pseudo-Kodinos, the protopapas of the emperor and the protopapas of the Great Church (i.e., of the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople) were distinct, but could sometimes be held in tandem by the same person. In the late 14th century, the head of the "imperial clerics" was the protopapas of the Blachernae Church (located in the main imperial residence, the Palace of Blachernae), while another protopapas was responsible for the coronation and funerary Church of the Holy Apostles, where the early Byzantine emperors were buried.
Protopapas - Wikipedia
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