GREEK ORTHODOX ARCHDIOCESE OF AMERICA
UNIFORM PARISH REGULATIONS
ARTICLE 15 Pages 21-22, Sections 1-8
Section 1: The Parish is the local eucharistic community of the Church in a given
locality; organized under the jurisdiction of the Archdiocese whose ecclesiastical
authority is its canonically consecrated Hierarch. Locally, the Parish is headed by a
canonically ordained and duly appointed Priest. The assignment of such appointed
Priest shall bind the Parish to the Archdiocesan Regulations, Uniform Metropolis
Regulations and Uniform Parish Regulations with the same force and effect as if the
same were formally approved and adopted by the Parish.
Section 2: The aims and purposes of the Parish are to keep, practice and proclaim
the Orthodox Christian Faith pure and undefiled.
Section 3: Parishes shall be governed in accordance with the holy canons, the
Archdiocesan Charter and Regulations promulgated thereunder, and, as to canonical
and ecclesiastical matters, by the decisions of the Holy Synod of the Ecumenical
Patriarchate and the Eparchial Synod of the Archdiocese. In accordance with the
Charter, the Parish shall express the life of the Church in the local community according
to the Orthodox Christian Faith and Tradition, sanctifying the faithful through the Divine
Liturgy and the Holy Sacraments. It shall edify the religious and ethical life of the faithful
in accordance with the Holy Scriptures and the decrees and canons of the Holy Apostles
and the Seven Ecumenical Councils of the Church, as interpreted by the practice of the
Section 4: The diakonia (ministry) of the Parish will include proclaiming and teaching
the Gospel in accordance with the Orthodox Faith; sanctifying the faithful through God's
grace in worship, the Divine Liturgy and the other sacraments; enhancing its
parishioners’ spiritual life; and adding to the numbers of the faithful by receiving persons
into the Church through instruction, baptism and/or chrismation. In addition, the Parish
shall establish educational and philanthropic activities to foster the aims and mission of
the Parish and to edify its parishioners in the Faith and ethos of the Church. The Parish
shall also engage in such inter-Orthodox, ecumenical and interfaith activities as are
consistent with the policies of the Archdiocese.
Section 5: The Parish shall conform faithfully to the worship, sacramental life,
doctrines, canons and discipline of the Church. It shall also adhere to the Archdiocesan
Charter, the Regulations and all Hierarchical encyclicals.
Section 6: Any non-conformance with the foregoing shall be dealt with in
accordance with the provisions of the canons. The Archbishop, upon the
recommendation of the local Metropolitan, shall have the authority to revoke the
ecclesiastical charter of a Parish, if, in his judgment, there is sufficient cause for such
action. In each such case, notice of the revocation, stating the cause for such action,
shall be forwarded to the Parish Council in writing.
Section 7: The Parish shall furthermore abide by the decisions of the Clergy-Laity
Congresses irrespective of whether it was represented thereat, the administrative
determinations of the Archdiocesan Council, and such interim legislation as may be
adopted between Congresses by the Archdiocesan Council.
Section 8: Each Parish shall be known as the (name) Greek Orthodox Church of
(locality). Each Parish shall use the authorized logo of the Archdiocese and the name of
the respective Archdiocesan District/Metropolis on its stationery and publications, in
accordance with the Archdiocesan Graphics Standards Manual.