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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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Of the two, reverend sir," said the voice like the deacon's, "I had rather miss an ordination dinner than to-night's meeting.
Both ordinations were held at the altar, not outside the altar area, as were the minor orders.
The Baptist Women in Ministry (BWIM) Registry is a databank of women's ordinations and professional ministry collected since 2007.
While there have been bhikkhuni ordinations earlier, it is since the 1998 Bodhgaya ordination that the bhikkhun order in Sri Lanka has gained momentum and subsequent bhikkhun ordinations have been conducted in Sri Lanka itself.
Second, the paper will consider whether the ordinations of Thai samaneri and bhikkhuni were recognised as legitimate when they chose one of the procedural options that bhikkhuni ordination supporters argued to be valid.
Any presbytery that has already ordained women must immediately revoke those 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.
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.