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ordination:

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in religion, term used to designate the clergy of Protestant churches, particularly those who repudiate the claims of apostolic succession. The ceremony by which the candidate receives the office of a minister is called ordination.
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[Lat. ordo,=rank], in Christianity, the traditional degrees of the clergy, conferred by the Sacrament of Holy Order. The episcopacy, priesthood or presbyterate, and diaconate were in general use in Christian churches in the 2d cent.
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ordination

a. the act of conferring holy orders
b. the reception of holy orders
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"Ordination!" cried D'Artagnan, who could not believe what the hostess and Bazin had successively told him; and he gazed, half stupefied, upon the three persons before him.
"Really," said Elinor, "I know so little of these kind of forms, that I can hardly even conjecture as to the time, or the preparation necessary; but I suppose two or three months will complete his ordination."
When asked why they are, or are not, or are not yet ordained, women offer important clues about the changing practice of ordination. The Baptist Women in Ministry (BWIM) Registry is a databank of women's ordinations and professional ministry collected since 2007.
The combination of higher ordinations adopted for the 1998 Bodhgaya procedure is legally correct.
Whether or not they were influenced by the Senate Subcommittee's booklet, the actual ordinations undertaken by seven Thai bhikkhuni coincided with those suggested in the booklet's final chapter.
But a July 6 news bulletin issued at a Vatican press conference reveals that the Society had its bishops carry out some 20 priestly ordinations. These ordinations are illicit because its bishops were ordained illegitimately.
Disputes over appointments in China's official church have been avoided by quietly conferring on candidates, leading to several ordinations of bishops with the Holy See's blessing.
Ranjani de Silva had helped organized few novice and bhikkhuni ordinations. Dr.
The illicit ordinations of 12 women on a river near Pittsburgh were not surprisingly met with strong condemnation by local bishops--the word excommunication appeared not a few times.
The ordinations, presided over by Archbishop Caleb Lawrence of the diocese of Moosonee, were described by native Anglicans in the area as "historic."
The patriotic association's Liu has said there are some 40 dioceses in China lacking bishops, hinting at more bishop ordinations to come, with or without Pope Benedict XVI's blessing.
The service followed a string of ordinations that began in 2002.