What is a Cathedral?

Good Shepherd Church of Myrtle Beach is the cathedral church of the Most Reverend Thomas Gordon, the Presiding Bishop of the O.A.C.

The previous Metropolitan, the Most Revd T. Creighton Jones moved the cathedra of the O.A.C. to Myrtle Beach during his tenure, as he is a lifelong South Carolinian, and since Bishop Gordon is relocating to South Carolina it seemed appropriate to keep the cathedra in Myrtle Beach.

In Christian churches that have an episcopal form of church government, the church in which a residential bishop has his official seat or throne, the cathedra. Cathedral churches are of different degrees of dignity. There are cathedral churches of simple diocesan bishops, of archbishops or metropolitans, of primates, patriarchs, and, in the Roman Catholic Church, of the pope. A cathedral church is not necessarily large and magnificent, although most cathedrals have become so. Since the territorial organization of the earl church followed that of the Roman Empire, cathedrals from the first were established whenever possible in towns, not in villages. In the early European Middle Ages, the town in which a cathedral church was situated became known as the cathedral city

Britannica, The Editors of Encyclopaedia. “Cathedral”. Encyclopedia Britannica, 19 Feb. 2021, https://www.britannica.com/topic/cathedral-Christian-church. Accessed 5 July 2021.