Archons Order of St Andrew

November 30
Feast Day of St. Andrew
"The First Called"

"... is composed of several lawful archons ... and its name is called aristocracy (αριστοκρατ?α), that is, the rule of the best; on top of this, the various contributions of the people to the administration of the church has been termed democracy (δημοκρατ?α)"

–Michael VII
Roman Emperor, 1081

Order of Saint Andrew the Apostle
Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate

The History Of The Order Of St. Andrew
The Order of St. Andrew of the Ecumenical Patriarchate was organized on the Sunday of Orthodoxy, March 10, 1966 when His Eminence Archbishop Iakovos conferred upon thirty outstanding laymen of the Church the various Offikion or Offices of the Ecumenical Patriarchate on behalf of His All Holiness Patriarch Athenagoras of blessed memory. They were honored because of their love, loyalty and support of the Ecumenical Patriarchate and their contribution to its advancement and welfare.

The Offikia for the Order of St. Andrew derive from some of the most prestigious offices of the ancient world. Originating in the Ancient Greek City-States, these civic offices were transformed when the Roman Empire embraced the Christian faith during the fourth century. As a consequence of this transition, not only were the office holders important leaders of the Christian community, the offices themselves took on specific religious responsibilities for the service and promotion of the faith in the Roman Empire. The ancient order of Archons is, in fact, the oldest and most prestigious honor that can be bestowed upon a layman in the entire Christian world.

The Archons represent the nobility of the Church, both in Byzantine and modern times, and with this noble characterization is associated an extraordinary responsibility, noblesse oblige, as His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios has exhorted, to continue sustained and distinguished service to the Church. It is the Archon who is the most ardent supporter of the Ecumenical Patriarchate and serves as a goodwill ambassador of the Phanar in his daily life.

The Order of St. Andrew meets annually and celebrates on November 30, which is the feast day of Saint Andrew the Apostle who is the Patron Saint and namesake of the Organization. The fundamental goal of the Order of St. Andrew is directed at an ongoing concern for religious freedom and the defense and advancement of the Ecumenical Patriarchate


An Archon is an honoree by His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew for his outstanding service to the Church, and a well-known distinguished, and well-respected leader of the Orthodox Christian community.

It is by the grace of God that the Archon has been able to offer his good works and deeds of faith. Further, it is the sworn oath of the Archon to defend and promote the Orthodox Christian faith and tradition. His special concern and interest is to serve as a bulwark to protect and promote the Sacred See of St. Andrew the Apostle and its mission. He is also concerned with the human race's inalienable rights wherever and whenever they are violated - and the well-being and general welfare of the Christian Church.
This honor extended by the Ecumenical Patriarchate carries with it grave responsibilities, deep commitments, and sincere dedication. Consequently, it is of utmost importance that this honor of obligation be bestowed upon individuals of proven Orthodox Christian character, who conform faithfully to the teachings of Christ and the doctrines, canons, worship, discipline, and encyclicals of the Church.

Those selected to serve as Archons have demonstrated a commitment greater than average toward the stewardship of time, talent and treasure for the betterment of the Church, Parish, Diocese/Metropolis, Archdiocese and the community as a whole. An Archon must truly be deserving of the proclamation: AXIOS, AXIOS, AXIOS!



Andrew was one of the twelve Apostles and is known as the "Protocletus" (the First Called) because he was the first Apostle to be summoned by Jesus into His service. Andrew and his brother Peter made heir living as fishermen on the Sea of Galilee, Both men became Apostles, and while Peter symbolically came to represent the Church of the West, Andrew likewise represents the Church of the East.


These conversions to the Christian Faith by members of his own family infuriated the Proconsul Aegeates, and he decided, with the urging of the idolaters who advised him, to crucify Andrew. The crucifixion was carried out on an X-shaped cross with the body of the Apostle upside down so that he saw neither the earth nor his executioners, but only the sky which he glorified as the heaven in which he would meet his Lord, His body was tenderly removed from the cross by Bishop Stratoklis and Maximilla, and buried with all of the honor befitting the Apostle. Soon countless numbers of Christians made their way to Patras to pay reverence to the grave of Andrew, and when Aegeates realized that the man he had put to death was truly a holy man of God his conscience became so tormented that he committed suicide.


In the month of March in the year 357 the Emperor Constantine (son of Constantine The Great) ordered that the body of St. Andrew be removed from Patras and be reinterred in the Church of the Holy Apostles in Constantinople. With all the magnificence and honor of the Byzantine Empire and the Great Church of Christ at Constantinople, St. Andrew was returned to the City that had first heard the message of Jesus Christ from his lips. Thus he became in death, as well as in life, the founder of the Great Church of Christ in Constantinople.


Today the voice of St. Andrew continues to call on all Christians, especially the Greek Orthodox Christians throughout the world. His unstilled spirit beckons across the centuries proclaiming: "The Saviour of the world has come! He is the Christ, the Son of God!" This is the call of St. Andrew to all men for Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow."(Hebrews 13:8)


The following stewards of the Cathedral of St. Paul have been bestowed the honor of being Archons of the Ecumenical Partriarchate "Defenders of the Faith".

Name Offikion
Andrew C. Andron
  Archon Depoutatos
+ Tom Barbatsuly
  Archon Hieromnimon
+ Constantine N. Cassis
  Archon Depoutatos
+ Sotirios Cachules
  Archon Notarios
Peter Dion
  Archon Megas Depoutatos
+ Jeremiah A. Drake
  Archon Didaskalos Tou Genous
+ John Felix
  Archon Primikirios
William C. Kallinikos
  Archon Depoutatos
Michael Gurlides
  Archon Depoutatos
* John Kassimatis
  Archon Depoutatos
Dr. Pavlos Kymissis
  Archon Hartoularios
George K. Lavas
  Archon Depoutatos
Dr. Peter J. G. Maris
  Archon Aktouarios
+ Stephen Pendias
  Archon Megas Notarios
William Pappas
  Archon Depoutatos
George P. Possas
  Archon Depoutatos
Harry Raptakis
  Archon Exarchos
+ Stephen Rockson
  Archon Depoutatos
Basil Skelos
  Archon Eftaxias
Sen. Dean G. Skelos
  Archon Hieromnimon
+ James Tsairis
  Archon Exarchos
*Regional Commander

Aktourios – Court Physician
Depoutatos – Patriarchal Summoner
Didaskalos Tou Genous – Teacher of the People
Eftaxias - Keeper of Good Order
Exarchos – Exarch
Hartoularios – Patriarchal Archivist
Hieromnimon - Overseer
Megas Notarios – Patriarchal Notary
Primikirios – Lay Ecclesiarch