Governing body, usually composed of bps., in an autocephalous E Orthodox Ch.; in Russia formerly a coll. of bps. and monks, attended by a lay procurator as the emperor's representative, est. 1721 by Peter I (the Great; 16721725; coruler of Russ. 168289; sole ruler 16891725), abolished 1917.
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