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The '''Archons of the Order of St. Andrew''' are prominent and influential [[laity|laymen]] of the [[Ecumenical Patriarchate]], Many are major financial supporters of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, honored by the Ecumenical Patriarch. Politicians, actors, heads of state, etc, have all been
of the Patriarchate. The organization was founded on the [[Sunday of Orthodoxy]], [[March 10]], 1966, by Ecumenical Patriarch [[Athenagoras I (Spyrou) of Constantinople|Athenagoras I]]. The Archons, numbering about 800, are based in the United States, and most of their members commune in the [[Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America]].
The titles which the officers of the Order bear are from the Byzantine imperial period and were customarily given to government and patriarchal officials.[http://www.archons.org/archons/offikion.asp] The titles (referred to as