or·​di·​na·​tion | \ ˌȯr-də-ˈnā-shən How to pronounce ordination (audio) \

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.

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Originally from Orange County, Seid received his ordination and master’s degree in rabbinic studies from the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies at American Jewish University in Los Angeles. Pomerado News, "New rabbi coming to Ner Tamid in Poway," 10 June 2019 Oliveto’s ordination to bishop in 2016 ignited a debate within the United Methodist Church about LGBTQ inclusion in the church. Julie Compton, NBC News, "#Pride50: Karen Oliveto — United Methodist Church's first lesbian bishop," 3 June 2019 While eastern rite Catholic priests can be married before ordination, Roman Catholic priests take a vow of celibacy. Nicole Winfield, The Seattle Times, "Priest’s son demands Vatican attention for clergy’s children," 20 Feb. 2019 In January the Yangtze River Delta area established an office for regional co-ordination, the first of its kind. The Economist, "China is trying to turn itself into a country of 19 super-regions," 21 June 2018 On its opening day, a handful of activists seeking the ordination of women as priests staged a singing protest at the Vatican gates hoping to capture the attention of bishops entering. Nicole Winfield, The Seattle Times, "Pressure building on Vatican to give women vote at synod," 15 Oct. 2018 The agreement also means that the Vatican will no longer approve the ordination of bishops in China without Beijing’s permission, meaning that all new leaders of the Catholic hierarchy there will be men acceptable to an avowedly atheist government. Eva Dou, WSJ, "Critics Divided on Vatican’s Deal With China Over Bishops," 23 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of ordination

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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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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