|Section 1||The Metropolitan
The Metropolitan enjoys primacy of honor among the bishops of The Orthodox Church in America. As Primate, he shows concern for the internal and external welfare of the entire Church. He is the president of the Holy Synod. He is the ruling archbishop of the ArchDiocese of Washington and bears the title “Metropolitan of All America and Canada.” The Metropolitan is commemorated by all bishops during liturgical services.
The following matters are included within the competence of the Metropolitan.
The Metropolitan shall:
The Metropolitan possesses the authority necessary to exercise his primatial ministry within the Church in conformity with the Holy Canons.
Vacancy in Office
In the event of the Metropolitan’s death, retirement or resignation accepted by the Holy Synod, medically certified incapacity, or deposition by canonical process, the member of the Holy Synod senior by rank and date of episcopal ordination shall convene the Holy Synod in extraordinary session to declare the office of the Metropolitan vacant and proceed with the selection of a Locum Tenens. Within a period of three months, unless some unavoidable necessity forces a prolongment of this period, but not to exceed six months, the Locum Tenens shall convene an extraordinary All-American Council at which a new Metropolitan shall be elected. During a vacancy there shall be no innovations in matters affecting the basic structures and administration of the Church. The Chancellor shall safeguard the particular patrimony of the Office of the Metropolitan until a new Metropolitan is elected.
A nominee for the Office of Metropolitan must have at least three years of episcopal ministry in The Orthodox Church in America.
The election shall take place according to the following order: