Bulgarian Orthodox Church

The Bulgarian Orthodox Church (Bulgarian: Българска православна църква, romanized: Balgarska pravoslavna tsarkva), legally the Patriarchate of Bulgaria (Bulgarian: Българска патриаршия, romanized: Balgarska patriarshiya), is an autocephalous Orthodox jurisdiction. It is the oldest Slavic Orthodox church, with some 6 million members in Bulgaria and between 1.5 and 2 million members in a number of European countries, the Americas, Australia, New Zealand and Asia. It was recognized as autocephalous in 1945 by the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople.[1]

Patriarchate of Bulgaria
Българска патриаршия
ClassificationEastern Orthodox
ScriptureSeptuagint, New Testament
TheologyEastern Orthodox theology
PrimateNeophyte, Patriarch of All Bulgaria
Bishops15
Priests1,500
Parishes2,600
Monasteries120
LanguageBulgarian and Old Church Slavonic (Old Bulgarian)
HeadquartersAlexander Nevsky Cathedral, Sofia, Bulgaria
TerritoryBulgaria
PossessionsUnited States, Canada, Australia, European Union, Argentina, Russia, Greece, Turkey
FounderSaint Andrew,
Boris I of Bulgaria
Independence870–1018
1185–1393
1018–1767
1870–present
Recognition870 (Autonomy)
927 (Autocephaly)
1235 (Patriarchate)
1945 (Autocephaly)
1953 (Patriarchate)
SeparationsOld Calendar Bulgarian Orthodox Church (early 20th century)
Bulgarian Orthodox Church – Alternative synod (1996)
Members7–8 million
Official websiteBulgarian Orthodox Church