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Orders

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In Orders or In Holy Orders. Belonging to the clerical order or rank.

To take Orders. To become a clergyman.

⁂ The wordorder” means not only a mandate, but also an official rank, and in the Catholic Church, a “rule” of life, as Ordo albus (white friars or Augustines), Ordo niger (black friars or Dominicans). In “Holy Orders” is in the plural number, because in the Protestant Church there are three ranks of clergymen—deacons, priests, and bishops. In the Catholic Church there are four major orders and four minor ones. According to Du Cange, the Ordĭnēs majõrēs are Subdeaconātus, Deaconātus, Presbyterātus, and Episcopālis (Subdeacon, Deacon, Priest, and Bishop).

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Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

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Orders of Architecture
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