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Definition of ordination

: the act or an instance of ordaining : the state of being ordained

Examples of ordination in a Sentence

He is a candidate for ordination. After his ordination, he will be assigned to a local parish.
Recent Examples on the Web Such leadership positions are reserved for priests, bishops, or cardinals, and Francis has upheld church teaching prohibiting the ordination of women. BostonGlobe.com, "Pope names 1st woman manager in Vatican Secretariat of State," 15 Jan. 2020 As the church last year debated whether to allow the ordination of married men in the Amazon, traditionalists warned about the destruction of the priesthood. Washington Post, "Benedict defends priestly celibacy as Pope Francis considers changes," 12 Jan. 2020 Prior to her ordination, Glenda served as the president of Troy State University in Montgomery. al, "First woman bishop elected for Episcopal Diocese of Alabama," 18 Jan. 2020 Mr Erdogan said Turkish soldiers would steer clear of combat and focus on co-ordination and training. The Economist, "Back to the Ottomans? Turkey is set to send troops to Libya," 11 Jan. 2020 Progressive Catholics hope, and conservatives fear, that a local exception could become a precedent for expanding the ordination of married men to other underserved areas, including parts of the U.S. Francis X. Rocca, WSJ, "Vatican Calls for Consideration of Married Priests in Remote Amazon," 17 June 2019 The proposal, however, involves men who are married and have children before ordination. Ashley Shaffer, USA TODAY, "Dems and GOP: In agreement?," 7 Oct. 2019 Briner almost got through the entire ordination without her voice cracking. Elaine Ayala, ExpressNews.com, "‘My last Christmas’ — San Antonio poet-turned-pastor faces death with grace," 24 Dec. 2019 Following graduation and ordination, the new Deacon became Curate of St. Alban's Episcopal Church in Simsbury, Ct. courant.com, "David Edward Eylers," 3 Nov. 2019

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14th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Ordination.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ordination. Accessed 21 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of ordination

: the official act or process of making someone a priest, minister, etc.

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