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Apostolic succession

n
(Roman Catholic Church) the doctrine that the authority of Christian bishops derives from the Apostles through an unbroken line of consecration

apostol′ic succes′sion


n.
the unbroken line of succession beginning with the apostles and perpetuated through bishops, considered essential for orders and sacraments to be valid in the Roman Catholic, Anglican, and Eastern Orthodox Churches.
[1830–40]