The Exharcate is the See of the Exarch and the council of governing Metropolitans. Archeparchy (Archdiocese in the west) is headed by an Archbishop and it usually comprises of Eparchies. The Eparchy (Diocese in the west) is the basic church body which comprises all the parishes of a determined geographical area. It is governed by the Diocesan Bishop with the assistance of a Diocesan Assembly and a Diocesan Council. The parish is a local community of the Church having at its head a duly appointed priest and consisting of Orthodox Christians who live in accordance with the teachings of the Orthodox Church, comply with the discipline and rules of the Church, and regularly support their parish. Being subordinate to the Diocesan Authority, it is a component part of the Diocese.