Christian Cyclopedia

About the Cyclopedia


Church containing official seat (Gk. kathedra) or throne of bp.; hence mother ch. (ecclesia matrix) of diocese. Formerly also called dome (Lat. domus episcopi, “house of bp.”); hence Ger. Dom and It. duomo. Originally a cathedral was served by a bp.; gradually services were delegated to a separate body of clergy (see Chapter); other chs. in diocese called parish churches. In the Luth. Ch. the word cathedral is used in a wider sense and includes various significant churches. See also Church Architecture; Western Christianity 500–1500, 8.

Edited by: Erwin L. Lueker, Luther Poellot, Paul Jackson
©Concordia Publishing House, 2000, All rights Reserved. Reproduced with Permission

Internet Version Produced by
The Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod

Original Editions ©Copyright 1954, 1975, 2000
Concordia Publishing House
All rights reserved.

Content Reproduced with Permission

Stay Connected! Join the LCMS Network:

Contact Us Online
(Staff Switchboard)
(Church Info Center)
1333 S Kirkwood Rd
Saint Louis, MO 63122-7226 | Directions


Featured Publication

The Lutheran Witness

LCMS Communications

Interpreting the contemporary world from a Lutheran Christian perspective.
Visit TLW Online