In the pre-Reformation church, a parson is the priest of an independent parish church, that is, a parish church not under the control of a larger ecclesiastical or monastic organization. The term is similar to rector and is in contrast to a vicar, a cleric whose revenue is usually, at least partially, appropriated by a larger organization.
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... the early 17th century, every parish had a vicar and a parson instead of a co-arb and an erenagh ... The parson, like the erenagh, had a major portion of the tithes, maintained the church and provided hospitality ... In the Diocese of Clogher, the vicar and the parson shared the tithes equally between them in the Diocese of Derry, church income came from both tithes ...
... In The Parson's Wedding, Killigrew abandons even a lip-service acceptance of socially-approved morality he is overtly and even gleefully cynical about the moral claims and sexual mores of society ... to representing the established order, Lady Loveall and the Parson, are the biggest hypocrites, and fare the worst ... minor character Crop is a Brownist who is given rough treatment and the thoroughly-humiliated Parson is compared to leading Presbyterian divines like Stephen ...
... Chris Parson is an American voiceover actor and a 2001 graduate of the USC School of Cinema Television (now USC School of Cinematic Arts) ... Parson began his career working primarily as an assistant in talent management while still a student, and worked briefly in digital artist management for ... It was after being laid-off from Sony that Parson decided to pursue a career in voiceover, one he entered after responding to a classified ad on the popular ...
... The Captain is "in choler," angry at the conduct of his erstwhile friend the Parson ... In past periods of poverty, the Parson was a humble acquaintance of the Captain and Wanton but now that he has obtained a comfortable clerical benefice (a "fat living") through the patronage of Lady ... When Wanton reveals that the Parson once proposed marriage to her, the Captain is struck with an inspiration they will arrange a marriage between the Parson and Wanton, as a way of working their revenge ...
... In the visit, the archbishop gave an authorization to the parson present the inused ornaments to the vice-parish ... and the accompaniment of Abel María Naranjo, foreign vicar and parson of Abejorral Isaac Ángel, co-assistant of Sonsón and Isaac Cardona, parson of Aquitania ... made by the archbishop Caicedo, Contreras was the vice-parson yet ...
Famous quotes containing the word parson:
“I will have no Parsons around me but such as drink deep, ride to Hounds and caress the Wives and Daughters of their Parishioners. A Virtuous Parson does nothing to test or exercise the Faith of his Flock.”
—Aldous Huxley (18941963)
“But country folks who live beneath
The shadow and the steeple;
The parson and the parsons wife,
And mostly married people;”
—Arthur Hugh Clough (18191861)
“Dear Captain Smith, the ghost replied, youve used me ungenteelly.
The crowners quest goes hard with me because Ive acted frailly,
And Parson Biggs wont bury me, though I am dead Miss Bailey.”
—George Colman (17621836)