Diocese of Arkhangelsk

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Diocese of Arkhangelsk and Kholmogory (Russian: Архангельская и Холмогорская епархия) is an eparchy of the Russian Orthodox Church.


Kholmogory and Vazhsky Diocese Council established by decree in 1682, was composed of the north-eastern part of the territory of the Novgorod metropolis, the city of Arkhangelsk and Holmogory with counties, Kevrol, Mezen, Kola, Pustozersk, Vaga, a quarter Vazhsky to award a Ustyanovskimi parishes, the Solovetsky monastery.

Originally chair was in Kholmogory (1682–1762 gg.), The first head of the Diocese – St. Athanasius (Lyubimov) (March 1682 – September 1702).

In 1732 the diocese was renamed "Arkhangelsk and Kholmogory".

In 1762 the bishop's diocesan administration and authorities were finally transferred to Arkhangelsk (1702 – voivodship, from 1708 – the provincial capital).

By state in 1764 the diocese awarded 8th place among the 15 dioceses of class III.

According to the decision of the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church of the October 6, 1995 from the Diocese highlighted Syktyvkar diocese, and December 27 – Diocese of Murmansk, Arkhangelsk and then was called and Kholmogory.

December 27, 2011 from the diocese have been allocated Kotlas and Naryan-Mar diocese, with whom Arkhangelsk diocese became part of the newly formed Metropolis of Arkhangelsk.