apostolic succession

apostolic succession

noun Roman Catholic Church, Orthodox Church, Anglican Church.
the unbroken line of succession beginning with the apostles and perpetuated through bishops, considered essential for orders and sacraments to be valid.

Origin:
1830–40

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Apostolic succession
 
n
the doctrine that the authority of Christian bishops derives from the Apostles through an unbroken line of consecration

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Main Entry:  apostolic succession
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  in Roman Catholicism, the doctrine maintaining that present-day successors to Jesus's apostles, i.e. the bishops, have the same spiritual authority, power, and responsibility conferred upon them as did the original apostles
Usage:  religion
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