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ordination:

see ministryministry,
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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There are men whom a merciful Providence has undoubtedly ordained to a single life, but who from wilfulness or through circumstances they could not cope with have flown in the face of its decrees.
A member of the clergy, who spoke to this paper at the conference on condition of anonymity, acknowledges the problem and explains that those involved are even opting to be wedded in the Church and ordained as clerical ministers.
He was ordained as a deacon and a priest at once, under a special faculty from the Archbishop of Canterbury, Most Rev Justin Welby.
SIXTEEN new deacons and priests are to be ordained at Coventry Cathedral this weekend.
Five to be ordained in Bangor FIVE people will be ordained by the Bishop of Bangor, the Right Reverend Andrew John, at the annual ordination service in Bangor Cathedral at 3pm on June 25th.
Last week the Latvian Evangelical Lutheran Church (LELB) met to amend its internal constitution to declare that women cannot be ordained by the church.
When a Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) church first ordained a woman to ministry in 1964 the practices, processes, and meanings of ordination took new directions.
There has been no dogmatic statement saying that women cannot be ordained.
Samantha Foster, of Grove Hill, was to become the youngest woman in the country to be ordained deacon.
Patricia Reed, who made history by becoming one the first six women ordained priests in the Anglican Church of Canada, died on Aug.
Rhys Jenkins, a Cardiff GP, was ordained as a deacon at Llandaff Cathedral on Saturday following in the footsteps of father-inlaw the late Reverend Bob Morgan.
Many Christian denominations allow ordination of women, but the Catholic Church has been strictly following the age-old law of allowing only men to be ordained as priests.