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con·sis·to·ry

 (kən-sĭs′tə-rē)
n. pl. con·sis·to·ries
1.
a. Roman Catholic Church An assembly of cardinals presided over by the pope for the solemn promulgation of papal acts, such as the canonization of a saint.
b. A governing body of a local congregation in certain Reformed churches.
c. A court appointed to regulate ecclesiastical affairs in Lutheran state churches.
d. An Anglican diocesan court presided over by a bishop's chancellor or commissary.
2. The meeting of a consistory.
3. A council; a tribunal.

[Middle English consistorie, from Old French, from Latin cōnsistōrium, place of assembly, from cōnsistere, to stand together; see consist.]

con′sis·to′ri·al (kŏn′sĭ-stôr′ē-əl) adj.

consistory

(kənˈsɪstərɪ)
n, pl -ries
1. (Ecclesiastical Terms) Church of England
a. the court of a diocese (other than Canterbury) administering ecclesiastical law
b. the area in a church where the consistory meets
2. (Roman Catholic Church) RC Church an assembly of the cardinals and the pope
3. (Protestantism) (in certain Reformed Churches) the governing body of a local congregation or church
4. archaic a council or assembly
[C14: from Old French consistorie, from Medieval Latin consistōrium ecclesiastical tribunal, ultimately from Latin consistere to stand still]
consistorial, ˌconsisˈtorian adj

con•sis•to•ry

(kənˈsɪs tə ri)

n., pl. -ries.
1. any of various ecclesiastical councils or tribunals.
2. the place where such a body meets.
3. the meeting of any such body.
4. a solemn assembly of Roman Catholic cardinals summoned and presided over by the pope.
5. a bishop's court in the Anglican Church for dealing with ecclesiastical and spiritual questions.
6. the local governing board of certain Reform churches.
7. any assembly or council.
8. Obs. a council chamber.
[1275–1325; Middle English consistorie < Anglo-French < Late Latin consistōrium meeting place]
con•sis•to•ri•al (ˌkɒn sɪˈstɔr i əl, -ˈstoʊr-) con`sis•to′ri•an, adj.

Consistory

 a solemn council; a court; an ecclesiastical senate. See also conclave.
Examples: consistory of bishops, of martyrs, 1641; of saints, 1641; of senators, 1660.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.consistory - a church tribunal or governing bodyconsistory - a church tribunal or governing body
court, judicature, tribunal - an assembly (including one or more judges) to conduct judicial business
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Thus, as the gods creep on with feet of wool, Long ere with iron hands they punish men, So shall our sleeping vengeance now arise, And smite with death thy hated enterprise.-- Lord Cardinals of France and Padua, Go forthwith to our holy consistory, And read, amongst the statutes decretal, What, by the holy council held at Trent, The sacred synod hath decreed for him That doth assume the Papal government Without election and a true consent: Away, and bring us word with speed.
Go, haste thee, gentle Mephistophilis, Follow the cardinals to the consistory; And, as they turn their superstitious books, Strike them with sloth and drowsy idleness, And make them sleep so sound, that in their shapes Thyself and I may parley with this Pope, This proud confronter of the Emperor; And, in despite of all his holiness, Restore this Bruno to his liberty, And bear him to the states of Germany.
But, whilst they sleep within the consistory, Let us salute his reverend fatherhood.
To-morrow, sitting in our consistory, With all our college of grave cardinals, We will determine of his life or death.
did I not tell you, To-morrow we would sit i' the consistory, And there determine of his punishment?
From the Consistory, from the Senate, from the University, from the Foundling Hospital, the Suffragan has sent...
There were a great many bundles of papers on it, some endorsed as Allegations, and some (to my surprise) as Libels, and some as being in the Consistory Court, and some in the Arches Court, and some in the Prerogative Court, and some in the Admiralty Court, and some in the Delegates' Court; giving me occasion to wonder much, how many Courts there might be in the gross, and how long it would take to understand them all.
Vatican News said that the new cardinals will be promoted at a consistory that will take place on October 5 at the Vatican.
One possible upcoming occasion for a consistory could be November's feast of Christ the King.
Dale was a member of Ansar Shrine Springfield Consistory, Bromwell Lodge #451, Assumption VFW #6577 and a United States Navy Veteran, serving during World War II.
However, for that to happen, permission for the ashes to be exhumed was needed, so the couple's daughter Jennifer Muddimer applied to the Church of England's Consistory Court.
Granting permission for the exhumation, Judge Stephen Eyre QC, Chancellor of the Diocese of Lichfield in his role as a judge of the Consistory Court, said: "Mr Handley's remains would not have been interred in the way or at the location they were but for those severe conditions which precluded burial elsewhere.