Church militant


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the Christian church on earth, which is supposed to be engaged in a constant warfare against its enemies, and is thus distinguished from the church triumphant, in heaven.

See also: Church, Militant

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He is a monk of the church militant, I think,'' answered Locksley; ``and there be more of them abroad.
This was done with the idea of complimenting him, but the doctor had held himself aloof from all the learned bodies--belonging, as he did, to the church militant and not to the church polemical.
The cathedral's facade, with sculptures of Mary and of the city's patron saints, was intended to contrast the ideal population (rendered in stone) with Florence's real population, the church triumphant with the church militant, explains Msgr.
The millennial tradition of the Roman Lenten Station churches is a priceless part of our past, a sign of ageless continuity, and a direction toward the goal of the Church Militant and each of its pilgrims' journey while here on earth.
We call our journey to God (through life) the Church Militant.
And holy wars against infidels, symbol of Church Militant.
The church militant held far greater attraction than the difficult or soppy hymns for children: All Things Bright and Beautiful and God Sees the Little Sparrow Fall.
We also devote one section of this issue to a roll-call of ecumenical activists who since January 2005 have taken leave of the church militant.
Asked to put his talents to the service of the Church Militant, Lipsius produced accounts of Marian shrines, giving their history and cataloguing the miracles said to have taken place at them.
The entire work of intercession, from the saints in the church triumphant to possible saints in the church militant, was problematized by the Reformation, and not only in relation to purgatory.
Although the main clusters he constructs--the Church Militant, the Church (In)visible, and the Church Subjective--are suggestive, they are neither comprehensive nor strictly necessary.
The very work which Redding perceived in 1964 as the epitome of James Baldwin's ruination, Another Country, Jackson regards as a beacon of achievement, guiding black writers out of the literary ghetto and into "the benign cavalcade of the great tradition in our culture and our literature, the cavalcade which is itself the church militant of our one American transition devoutly to be wished .