Holy orderses

holy orders

the rite or sacrament of ordination.
the rank or status of an ordained Christian minister.
the major degrees or grades of the Christian ministry.

1350–1400; Middle English

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holy orders
pl n
1.  the sacrament or rite whereby a person is admitted to the Christian ministry
2.  the grades of the Christian ministry
3.  the rank or status of an ordained Christian minister

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