An Episcopal Dictionary of the Church

Throne, Episcopal

The bishop's official and ceremonial seat. It is also known as the cathedra, from the Latin for chair. It is typically located in the cathedral of the diocese. The term “cathedral” is derived from cathedra, in that the cathedral is the church where the bishop's chair is located. The episcopal throne is a symbol of the bishop's authority and jurisdiction. Some parishes reserve a distinctive chair for the bishop. This chair may be known as the bishop's throne.

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