What is ordination?

  • (noun): The status of being ordained to a sacred office.
    See also — Additional definitions below


Ordination is the process by which individuals are consecrated, that is, set apart as clergy to perform various religious rites and ceremonies. The process and ceremonies of ordination varies by religion and denomination. One who is in preparation for, or who is undergoing the process of, ordination is sometimes called an ordinand. The liturgy used at an ordination is sometimes referred to as an ordinal.

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Leadership Conference Of Women Religious - Doctrinal Issues - Women’s Ordination
... Please don’t talk about expanding ordination beyond celibate men.’ But the LCWR never withdrew a 1977 statement about women’s ordination ...
Lida Hensley - History - 1960s and 1970s USA
... in his 1970 book Steal This Book, which encouraged readers to request an ordination from the ULC, receive notification of the ordination, and then cut out and ... one of the best deals going", but also made the mistake of assuming that a ULC ordination would entitle ordained persons to discounts and tax exemptions ...
Ordination of Homosexual, Bisexual and Transgender People
... minority of denominational or non-denominational sects of Christianity and Judaism endorsed the ordination of openly LGBT people ... While Buddhist ordinations of monks have occurred, the more notable ordinations of openly LGBT novitiates have taken place in Western Buddhism ...

More definitions of "ordination":

  • (noun): The act of ordaining; the act of conferring (or receiving) holy orders.
    Example: "The rabbi's family was present for his ordination"
    Synonyms: ordinance
  • (noun): Logical or comprehensible arrangement of separate elements.
    Synonyms: ordering, order

Famous quotes containing the word ordination:

    Two clergymen disputing whether ordination would be valid without the imposition of both hands, the more formal one said, “Do you think the Holy Dove could fly down with only one wing?”
    Horace Walpole (1717–1797)