Episemialist Church

Episemialist Church
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St. Nikolai's Cathedral in Samistopol, Narozalica
TypeWestern Sotirianity
TheologyEpisemialist theology
Primus inter paresEcumenical Patriarch
Alexander VIII
Highest CouncilEcumenical Synod
LanguageAmathian, Solarian, and native languages
LiturgyAmathian rite, and Solarian rite
FounderJesus Sotiras, according to Episemialist tradition
Origin1st century
Adunis, Solarian Empire
SeparationsTrue Episemialism
Members230 million
Other name(s)Episemialist Catholic Church, Western Sotirianity

The Episemialist Catholic Church, also commonly referred to as just the Episemialist Church, is the second-largest Sotirian church, with around 230 million baptised members. It considers itself to be the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church, founded by Jesus Sotiras, the one continued and uninterrupted instance of succession from the Apostles through its bishops. From that perspective, the Episemialist theology considers the Church to be practicing the Sotirian faith as it was originally, and deems its teachings to be dogmatic and ecumenical, centered on the Dyophysitist Creed, the Scriptures, the Tradition of the Church, and the concepts of Asimism.

Since it claims to be the true Sotirian tradition, the Episemialist Church considers the Solarian Catholic Church to be heterodox following the events of the Great Schism, and as such, it also considers the Amendist Churches to be lacking orthopraxy. Most other Sotirian groups are considered to be separated churches who have failed to retain the traditions and dogma of Sotirianity, while the term heretical is reserved only for those churches which do not respect the original Ecumenical Councils.

Due to its history of decentralization, it is actually a union of multiple regional churches, which are all in communion with each other, respecting the same doctrine and traditions. There is no central authority of the church like the Pope in Solarian Catholicism, but it has a primus inter pares in the Ecumenical Patriarch of Arciluco, the incumbent of which is Alexander VIII.

Through its succession of bishops, the Episemialist Church has existed continuously ever since the Resurrection of Sotiras, and it has had a considerable role and influence on the history and development of the nations in Western and Central Euclea, where the majority of the faith is concentrated.

The Church is also sometimes referred to as "Western" owing to its geographical distribution in comparison to Solarian Catholicism. Its name comes from the Ancient Piraese ἐπίσημος (epísēmos), meaning splendid, official or formal.