Apostolical succession

the regular and uninterrupted transmission of ministerial authority by a succession of bishops from the apostles to any subsequent period.
- Hook.
(Theol.) See under Apostolical.

See also: Apostolic, Succession

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
References in classic literature ?
His favourite subjects were church discipline, rites and ceremonies, apostolical succession, the duty of reverence and obedience to the clergy, the atrocious criminality of dissent, the absolute necessity of observing all the forms of godliness, the reprehensible presumption of individuals who attempted to think for themselves in matters connected with religion, or to be guided by their own interpretations of Scripture, and, occasionally (to please his wealthy parishioners) the necessity of deferential obedience from the poor to the rich--supporting his maxims and exhortations throughout with quotations from the Fathers: with whom he appeared to be far better acquainted than with the Apostles and Evangelists, and whose importance he seemed to consider at least equal to theirs.
Horsley himself identified his chief importance as an adherent of the |High Church' party within the Church of England whose hallmarks were adherence to apostolical succession, elevated views of the Eucharist and of the role of Tradition as an arbiter of Church doctrine and practice.