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conventicle

1. a secret or unauthorized assembly for worship
2. a small meeting house or chapel for a religious assembly, esp of Nonconformists or Dissenters
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The council simply acknowledged that Mennonite religious meetings and conventicles were being held.
Wickersham's investigation remarkably stresses the direct relationship between doctrine and ritual practice, or rather between 'word and deed,' as a line of continuity among the four books, thus showing us how tools already employed to repress the Cathar and Waldesian heresies were equally utilized to prosecute philo-Protestant conventicles.
Although Schwenckfeld himself was expelled in 1534, his female followers participated in Schwenckfeldian conventicles and stayed in literary contact with him to his death.
Scott's contributors to Preview and First Statement in Westmount, and the Yiddish readers of the Keneder Odler along the Main only confirms the cantonization, despite their geographic proximity, of these conventicles.
Night schools, conventicles and churches: continuities and discontinuities in early Protestant ecclesiology.
88) According to the Venetian ambassador,"the government dreads gathering of the people, all conventicles and meetings are forbidden, and plays and parties in particular, from fear that under the guise of recreation they may be plotting something against the present rulers.
In 1940 such buildings were valuable largely as testimony to a narrow period of British history: "Despised by architects, ignored by guide books, too briefly mentioned by directories, these variagated [sic] conventicles are witnesses of the taste of industrial Britain" (First and Last Loves 104).
The Articles for Neile's 1614 visitation provocatively inquired about "prophecies or exercises" and also whether parishioners had "combined themselves together in a new brotherhood, conventicles, or unlawfull assemblies.
I know the word that shall uproot the thrones Of oldest monarchs, and for every lay The doting phantom with the triple crown: A word dynamic with the power of doom To blast conventicles and parliaments, Unsolder federations, crumble states, And in the fining pot cast continents.
Descriptions of a sect like that attacked in the Flagellum developed from older accounts of heretical conventicles, as well as trials for heresy in the first half of the fifteenth century.
12) Reformed governments in Switzerland, while persecuting Mennonites, similarly denied that anyone was ever punished for belief or matters of conscience; obstinate refusal to adhere to civil law--such as the requirement to swear oaths or the prohibition of religious conventicles outside the official church--had to be punished lest the authority of the magistrates fall into disrepute and civil unrest result.
Addresses [to Parliament and to the Crown], Armies, Conventicles, the Popish Plot, and the Duke of Monmouth, as well as the individual ruling monarchs are the entries which take up most space and indicate the kind of news which he prioritised.