Major Orders] Subdeacon, deacon and priest, to whom marriage was forbidden. (Heath, Peter. Church and Realm, 1272-1461, 363) Related terms: Minor Orders / Orders
Holy Orders: the sixth of the seven holy sacraments of the Catholic Church, in which a person may be confirmed as a member of the Priesthood of the Church.
the sacrament by which one is received into the ministry of the diaconate, priesthood or episcopacy in the Church.
The sacrament of Holy Orders celebrates God’s call to become a deacon, priest, or bishop.
the higher grades of the Christian ministry; those of bishop, priest and deacon
The process by which one is ordained clergy, considered a sacrament by some traditions.
one of the seven sacraments by which men, bishop, deacons, and priests, are given the power and authority by a bishop to offer sacrifice and forgive sins.
The sacrament of ordination, which marks the entry of the candidate into the ordained ministry. The orders of bishops, priests and deacons are termed holy orders.
The ordained ministries of bishops, priests (presbyters), and deacons. Canonical provisions concerning ordination to these three orders are equally applicable to men and women in the Episcopal Church.
a way of referring to ordination among Roman Catholics, Episcopalians and others: an ordained person is spoken of as "being in holy orders"--meaning that the person has made priestly vows and has been admitted by a bishop into one of the several levels of ordination.
Holy orders, sometimes called sacred orders, is the sacrament conferred on those members of the Catholic community who have been called by God and chosen by the Church for service as deacon, priest or bishop.
Holy Orders in the Roman Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, Oriental Orthodox, Anglican, Assyrian, Old Catholic, and Independent Catholic churches includes three orders: bishop, priest, and deacon. These Churches regard ordination as a sacrament. Other Protestant denominations have varied conceptions of the church offices, but none of them considers ordination a sacrament, and some would not consider their ministries in terms of holy orders at all.
Holy Orders in the Catholic Church includes three orders: bishop, priest, and deacon. The Church regards ordination as a Sacrament. The word "holy" simply means "set apart for some purpose."