Ordinal, The


Ordinal, The
   The name given to that portion of the Prayer Book containing the Offices for the consecration of Bishops and the ordination of Priests and Deacons. The Ordinal being what it is, is very properly prefaced with a statement of the witness of history to the fact "that from the Apostles' time there have been these Orders of Ministers in Christ's Church -- Bishops, Priests and Deacons." It is interesting to note that "our Ordinal was not taken word for word from the Roman Pontifical, but was framed on the comprehensive and broad ground of all known forms and manners of Ordination used in all branches of the Catholic Church." The Ordinal is also sometimes called "The Pontifical."

American Church Dictionary and Cyclopedia. — New York, Thomas Whittaker. . 1901.

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