Holy orders
Orders, Holy
The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church
Holy Orders
Holy Orders. The higher grades (sacri ordines) of the Christian Ministry, i.e. those of *bishop, *priest, and *deacon (qq.v.). In the RC Church the *sub-diaconate (until suppressed) was also reckoned among the ‘Major Orders’ (q.v.).
A Catholic Dictionary
Order, Holy
order, holy. Holy Order, according to Catholic doctrine, is a sacrament of the new law, by which spiritual power is given and grace conferred for the performance of sacred duties.I. The Meaning of the Word “Ordo” is explained by St. Thomas (“Suppl.” xxxii. 2, ad 4), and the investigation of modern scholars
Dictionary of Phrase and Fable
Holy Orders
Holy Orders, in the English Church, are those of priest and deacon. In the Roman Church the term includes the sub-diaconate. (See Minor Orders.)
Ecclesiastical Dictionary: Containing, in Concise Form, Information upon Ecclesiastical, Biblical, Archæological, and Historical Subjects
Order (Holy).—Holy order is a sacrament which confers, with the grace, the power to consecrate the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ, to administer the sacraments, to preach the Gospel, and to exercise the functions which have relation to divine worship. It is of faith that holy order or the ordination
Evangelical Dictionary of Theology
Orders, Holy
Orders, Holy. Major orders of the ministry in an episcopal church. In the Anglican and Orthodox churches these are bishops, priests, and deacons. In the Roman Church, where the episcopate and the presbyterate are counted as one order, the three are bishop-priests, deacons, and subdeacons. Minor orders