Ecclesiastical decoration

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An ecclesiastical decoration is an order or a decoration conferred by a head of a church.

Catholic ecclesiastical decorations[edit]

Both are recognised as legitimate ecclesiastical decorations by the International Commission on Orders of Chivalry (2006):[1]

[T]he Commission accepts that these Ecclesiastical Decorations possess full validity as awards of merit or honours within the respective Churches which have instituted them.

Local ecclesiastical distinctions[edit]


The Order of Saint Michael (Bavaria) (active 1693-1918), could also be said to initially have had shared traits of an ecclesiastical decoration, as awarded by the Archbishop-Elector of Cologne.[citation needed]

Expanding Reason of the Joseph Ratzinger Foundation, established in 2017. [7]

Anglican Communion[edit]

In addition to the Lambeth degree, the Archbishop of Canterbury awards the following to recognise outstanding service in various fields.[8]

Eastern Orthodox ecclesiastical decorations[edit]

Several autocephalous churches of the Eastern Orthodox communion award ecclesiastical decorations, including:

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Ecclesiastical Decoration". Retrieved 2016-7-8
  2. ^ "Ehrenkreuzes des Abtes von Lilienfeld". Retrieved 2016-07-08. (German)
  3. ^ "» The Order of St. Nicholas". Retrieved 2016-07-08.
  4. ^ "The Maronite Central Council Medal, About Us - Central Council of the Maronite Societies". Retrieved 2016-07-08.
  5. ^ "Great Cross of the Maronite Central Council, About Us - Central Council of the Maronite Societies". Retrieved 2016-07-08.
  6. ^ "The King of Morocco Mohamad VI Awards Prince Alwaleed His 60th Honorary Medal | Kingdom Holding Company". 2011-12-18. Retrieved 2016-07-08.
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  8. ^ "Archbishop of Canterbury announces new set of awards".