Mother church

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the original church; a church from which other churches have sprung; as, the mother church of a diocese.

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References in classic literature ?
A contrite heart and ten nobles to holy mother Church may stave off perdition; but he hath a pardon of the first degree, with a twenty-five livre benison, so that I doubt if he will so much as feel a twinge of purgatory.
Nor is it," said Alleyne, "part of the teachings of that mother Church of which he had so much to say.
I asked you, my children,'' said the Prior, raising his voice, and using the lingua Franca, or mixed language, in which the Norman and Saxon races conversed with each other, ``if there be in this neighbourhood any good man, who, for the love of God, and devotion to Mother Church, will give two of her humblest servants, with their train, a night's hospitality and refreshment?
It is true,'' replied Wamba, ``that I, being but an ass, am, nevertheless, honoured to hear the bells as well as your reverence's mule; notwithstanding, I did conceive that the charity of Mother Church and her servants might be said, with other charity, to begin at home.
This central mother church is, among the ancient churches of Paris, a sort of chimera; it has the head of one, the limbs of another, the haunches of another, something of all.
It is a hardy question, fair sir and Boss, since it doth go far to impugn the wisdom of even our holy Mother Church herself.
To proceed, then," continued Cardenio: "all being assembled in the hall, the priest of the parish came in and as he took the pair by the hand to perform the requisite ceremony, at the words, 'Will you, Senora Luscinda, take Senor Don Fernando, here present, for your lawful husband, as the holy Mother Church ordains?
FARRELL (EDWARD WILLIAM) (EDDIE) - On February 3rd 2018 Fortified by the Rites of Holy Mother Church peacefully in hospital and of Chorlton, Eddie aged 85 years.
This congregation was of critical importance in the development of the Baptist movement during the 17th century, says McKibbens, first in its immediate context in greater Boston, then in New England where it was the mother church for numerous congregations, and again as the root of the first Baptist congregation in Charleston, South Carolina.
The new logo features not only the structure, but its identity as Mother Church, dedicated to the Immaculate Conception.
A group of citizens gathered outside the Synod of the BOC Monday to encourage the BOC to become the MOC's mother church by being the first to recognize its autocephaly.
Bearing in mind that the Macedonian Orthodox Church (MOC) recognizes the Bulgarian Orthodox Church-Bulgarian Patriarchy (BOC) as its Mother Church, the Holy Synod of BOC decided with a sense of its holy duty to accept the responsibility to demonstrate full agreement by mediating and arguing in favor before the other Orthodox Churches, doing whatever is necessary to establish the canonical status of MOC," says the decision of the Holy Synod of BOC in response to the letter they received from MOC on 9 November.