The seat at the head of the table is always saved for the patriarch of the family.
The patriarch of each Hebrew tribe was written about in the Old Testament.
Without extensive research, it will be difficult to find the genetic roots of the ancestral patriarch of the family.
In the West the only patriarch in the fully developed sense of the Eastern Church has been the bishop of Rome, who is patriarch as well as pope.
After his father died, Thomas stepped up to the role of family patriarch.
The church is ruled by the patriarch of Venice, the metropolitan of the province formed by the Veneto.
In Ethiopia, too, there were Catholici with less extensive powers, subject to the patriarch of Alexandria.
A hundred years later the mitre, originally confined to the patriarch, was worn by all bishops.