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Holy order   /hˈoʊli ˈɔrdər/   Listen
Holy order

(usually plural) the status or rank or office of a Christian clergyman in an ecclesiastical hierarchy.  Synonym: Order.
The sacrament of ordination.

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"Holy order" Quotes from Famous Books

... ventured to knock at the door for the purpose of handing to a lackey the note I wrote to you. I do not know if you have been able to read it, as I have but little practice in forming letters, and the paper was not of the best to write on, but you see it is the honour of our holy order not to give way to the vanities of our century! Ah! Catherine at the spittel! Catherine in America! Is it not enough to break the hardest heart? Jeannette herself wept abundantly, and did so in spite of her jealousy of Catherine, who prevails over her ...
— The Queen Pedauque • Anatole France

... inasmuch as you are about to receive the holy order of knighthood at my hands without preparation, consider first whether you are in any mortal sin, ...
— Via Crucis • F. Marion Crawford

... speaks of a hierarchy indicates thereby a holy order {HORIZONTAL ELLIPSIS} which in a holy manner works the mysteries of illumination which is appropriate to each one. The order of the hierarchy consists in this, that some are purified and others purify; some are illuminated and others illuminate; ...
— A Source Book for Ancient Church History • Joseph Cullen Ayer, Jr., Ph.D.

... commonly called the Valley of God, and the other the Valley of Hell. He knew that this ground belonged to the Benedictines of Compostella, of the Abbey of St. Pay, or Pelagius, since transferred to that of St. Martin; and, bearing in mind the favors which the religious of this holy order had done him in the gifts of St. Mary of the Angels, and at Rome, he called upon the Abbot and asked unhesitatingly for permission to build a convent between the two valleys. "What will you give me in ...
— The Life and Legends of Saint Francis of Assisi • Father Candide Chalippe

... particularly inclined to send this despatch by one who, besides the high esteem in which he is held by me, is a member of the holy order of St. Francis, as Faranda requested this in his memorial addressed to me, wherein he said that it would greatly please you to see there fathers of this blessed order. This man is one of most strict and holy life, which alone would make ...
— The Philippine Islands, 1493-1898 - Volume IX, 1593-1597 • E. H. Blair

... more lives than the total of all the lives lost in all wars. The clergy maintained that "Smallpox is a visitation from God, and originates in man, but Cowpox is produced by presumptious, impious men. The former, heaven ordained, the latter is perhaps a daring and profane violation of our holy order." ...
— The Necessity of Atheism • Dr. D.M. Brooks

Words linked to "Holy order" :   ordinance, exorcist, ostiary, ordination, doorkeeper, position, reader, status, subdeacon, deacon, lector, ostiarius, anagnost, priest, sacrament, acolyte

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