Paramonarios was the name of an inferior officer belonging to the ancient Christian Church. The paramonarii are referred to in the Council of Chalcedon. Translators and critics differ as to the meaning of the word. Some of the more ancient writers consider it as equivalent to the Mansionarus or Ostiarus (q.v.). More modern critics, again, explain it by villicus, or steward of the lands. Walcott says the paramonarios was "in the East a bailiff of Church lands; in the West, a resident verger and porter."