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 (ăp′ə-stŏl′ĭk) also ap·os·tol·i·cal (-ĭ-kəl)
1. Of or relating to an apostle.
a. Of, relating to, or contemporary with the 12 Apostles.
b. Of, relating to, or derived from the teaching or practice of the 12 Apostles.
a. Of or relating to a succession of spiritual authority from the 12 Apostles, regarded by Anglicans, Roman Catholics, Eastern Orthodox, and some others to have been perpetuated by successive ordinations of bishops and to be requisite for valid orders and administration of sacraments.
b. Roman Catholic Church Of or relating to the pope as the successor of Saint Peter; papal.

ap′os·tol′i·cal·ly adv.
ap′os·tol·ic′i·ty (-stə-lĭs′ĭ-tē) n.


(əˌpɒstəˈlɪsɪtɪ) or


the quality of being apostolic


being of or contemporary with the Apostles in character.
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It is a call to the Orthodox Church to actively view the apostolicity of the church not only from the perspective of a historical achievement in sustaining the continuity of the apostolic succession, but as the very missiological nature of an "Apostolic Church" (16) that nurtures its members to become "witnesses in Jerusalem and in Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth" (Acts 1:8).
Bishopesses are especially inconvenient to them, because they undermine the claims of Anglo-Catholics to apostolicity.
The fundamental insight that the whole church is called and sent in God's Spirit, that the whole church is truly "apostolic," might be affirmed more forcefully (as it was, for example, in BEM, (3) Ministry, 1-6), so as to strengthen our common conviction that all ministry "is intended to serve the apostolicity of the [whole] Church" ([section] 22).
Scholars of Anglicanism in the British Empire--Peter Nockles, Stewart Brown, and Rowan Strong--argue that colonial Anglo-Catholic Anglicanism had a strong sense of duty and conviction about its apostolicity.
Proposing an overarching concept of apostolicity for Christian churches, Kasper related his message to the call of Francis for a church that continually goes forth.
This last mark, apostolicity, concerns us now in a particular way.
The mark of apostolicity, resonating with advocates of missional church, takes central place in this account.
32) This conciliar impulse has echoes of some elements of what Letty Russell would later call for when she says that "justice" should be "the fifth mark of the church," along with unity, holiness, catholicity, and apostolicity.
John Flett, a New Zealand native, is a Habilitand at the Kirchliche Hochschule Wuppertal/Bethel, Germany, writing on the theme of apostolicity.
Among the topics are apostolicity in select ecumenical documents of the Anglican, Lutheran, and Roman Catholic Churches; critical observations on the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, and Dorothee Solle and a theology of liberation.
Holiness is ecclesial, entirely related and connected to the other great marks of the church: unity, catholicity, and apostolicity.
Against the critique of the Spiritualists, who insisted that the Anabaptists could not form a church since they lacked the ecclesial marks of unity and apostolicity, the Austerlitz mother church in Moravia claimed apostolic authority and tried to establish unity among the Anabaptists.