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Provincial Council of Churches
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I. General

A provincial council is a council for all the particular churches of an ecclesiastical province. They were already common practice in the 3rd century. Provincial councils, also called metropolitan synods, were first regulated for the whole church by canon 5 of the Council of Nicea in 325, which prescribed that they meet twice a year. The requirement was imperfectly observed and had to be renewed repeatedly. After the 6th century, concili…

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Pree, Helmuth and Henkel, Willi, “Provincial Council of Churches”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 03 June 2023 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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