Major Orders

Major Orders
the higher grades of the Christian ministry; those of bishop, priest and deacon
♦ Subdeacon, deacon and priest, to whom marriage was forbidden.
(Heath, Peter. Church and Realm, 1272-1461, 363)
Related terms: Minor Orders, Orders

Medieval glossary. 2014.

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