A '''synod''' is a council of the Christian church. The word comes from the Greek σγνοδος meaning an '' assembly'', and is synonymous with the word '' council'' that comes from the Latin ''concilium'' . The Slavic term ''sobor '' has the same meaning, although it also can apply to a church building, generally major churches and [[ cathedral]] s .
In Orthodox practice either word applies to a meeting of a body of the Church to decide issues of doctrine or of administration of the body, both at local as well as higher levels of the churches. An [[ecumenical council]] is a synod of the whole church. The word ''synod'' is frequently applied in the Orthodox church to the standing councils of high-ranking [[bishop]]s of [[autonomy|autonomous]] and [[autocephaly|autocephalous]] churches that oversee the day-to-day administration of the church, usually referred to as ''[[holy synod]]s''.
*[http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/14388a.htm Catholic Encyclopedia]
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