What is 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
    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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The Eight Garudhammas - Effects On The Ordination of Women
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Lida Hensley - History - 1960s and 1970s USA
... This Book, which encouraged readers to request an ordination from the ULC, receive notification of the ordination, and then cut out and laminate a card indicating the new minister's ... 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 ...
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... The LCWR were asked, ‘Please don’t talk about expanding ordination beyond celibate men.’ But the LCWR never withdrew a 1977 statement about women’s ordination, which concerned those doing the ...

More definitions of "ordination":

  • (noun): The status of being ordained to a sacred office.
  • (noun): Logical or comprehensible arrangement of separate elements.
    Synonyms: ordering, order

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    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)