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body of ecclesiastics

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  • Body of Christ — It was not unknown but it was unusual in the 1st cent. to use ‘body’ for a collection of people as Paul does for his important phrase ‘You are the body of Christ’ (e.g. 1 Cor. 12:27). He was probably attracted to the idea because of the… …   Dictionary of the Bible

  • Poland — • Country in eastern Europe Catholic Encyclopedia. Kevin Knight. 2006. Poland     Poland     † Cathol …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • spiritualty — /spir i chooh euhl tee/, n., pl. spiritualties. 1. Often, spiritualties. ecclesiastical property or revenue. 2. the body of ecclesiastics; the clergy. [1350 1400; ME spiritualte < MF < ML spiritualitas; see SPIRITUALITY] * * * …   Universalium

  • clergy — n. Ministers, clergymen, the cloth, body of ecclesiastics (in distinction from the laity) …   New dictionary of synonyms

  • spiritualty — spir•it•u•al•ty [[t]ˈspɪr ɪ tʃu əl ti[/t]] n. pl. ties 1) rel Often, spiritualties spirituality 3) 2) rel the body of ecclesiastics; the clergy • Etymology: 1350–1400; ME spiritualte < MF < ML spīrituālitās; see spirituality …   From formal English to slang

  • spiritualty — /ˈspɪrətʃʊəlti/ (say spiruhchoouhltee) noun (plural spiritualties) Ecclesiastical History 1. (often plural) ecclesiastical property or revenue. 2. the body of ecclesiastics; the clergy …   Australian English dictionary

  • patristic literature — Body of literature that comprises those works (excluding the New Testament) written by Christians before the 8th century. It refers to the works of the Church Fathers. Most patristic literature is in Greek or Latin, but much survives in Syriac… …   Universalium

  • Coptic literature —       body of writings, almost entirely religious, that dates from the 2nd century, when the Coptic language of Egypt, the last stage of ancient Egyptian, began to be used as a literary language, until its decline in the 7th and 8th centuries. It …   Universalium

  • Welsh literature —       body of writings in the Welsh language with a rich and unbroken history stretching from the 6th century to the present.       A brief treatment of Welsh literature follows. For full treatment, see Celtic literature: Welsh (Celtic… …   Universalium

  • Austro-Hungarian Monarchy —     The Austro Hungarian Monarchy     † Catholic Encyclopedia ► The Austro Hungarian Monarchy     By this name is designated the European monarchy whose dominions have for their main life distributing artery the River Danube, in its course from… …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • Bishop — • The title of an ecclesiastical dignitary who possesses the fullness of the priesthood to rule a diocese as its chief pastor, in due submission to the primacy of the pope Catholic Encyclopedia. Kevin Knight. 2006. Bishop     Bishop …   Catholic encyclopedia