minor orders

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minor order

n. Ecclesiastical
often minor orders In some Christian churches, one of the lower grades of the ministry, such as lector or acolyte in Roman Catholicism or reader or subdeacon in Eastern Orthodoxy.

minor orders

pl n
(Roman Catholic Church) RC Church the four lower degrees of holy orders, namely porter, exorcist, lector, and acolyte. Compare major orders
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the families of the inferior clergy, appear stranger than they can
This kind of performance, and reputation, closely connected as Dr Fincham believes it to have been with a certain tactful courtesy and affability shown to lay society and the inferior clergy, was |the dominant model', exemplified by the two archbishops, Abbot and Mathew, King of London, Morton of Chester, Lake of Bath and Wells, Robinson of Carlisle.

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