Dimissory Letter

   A letter given to a clergyman removing from one Diocese to another. The General Canons provide that "before a clergyman shall be permitted to settle in any Church or Parish, or be received into union with any Diocese of this Church as a Minister thereof, he shall produce to the Bishop, or if there be no Bishop, to the Standing Committee thereof, a letter of dismission from under the hand and seal of the Bishop with whose Diocese he has been last connected . . . which shall be delivered within six months from the date thereof; and when such clergyman shall have been so received he shall be considered as having passed entirely from the jurisdiction of the Bishop from whom the letter of dismission was brought, to the full jurisdiction of the Bishop or other Ecclesiastical Authority by whom it shall be accepted and become thereby subject to all the canonical provisions of this Church." The effect of this law is that in the Episcopal Church there can be no strolling, irresponsible evangelists or preachers, and thus the people are protected from imposture, and may know, when the proper steps are taken, that their ministers come to them fully accredited and duly authorized to minister to them in Christ's Name.

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

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  • dimissory letter — noun Etymology: translation of Medieval Latin dimissoriae litterae 1. : a letter given by a bishop dismissing a clergyman to another diocese and recommending him for reception there 2. : dimissorial * * * dimissory letter, 1. a letter dismissing… …   Useful english dictionary

  • dimissory letter — /dəˈmɪsəri ˌlɛtə/ (say duh misuhree .letuh) noun a letter issued by a bishop, abbot, etc., permitting a subject to be ordained by another bishop. Also, dimissorial letter. {Middle English dymyssories (plural), from Latin (litterae) dīmissōriae… …   Australian English dictionary

  • Letter Dimissory —    See Dimissory Letter …   American Church Dictionary and Cyclopedia

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  • dimissory — /dim euh sawr ee, sohr ee/, adj. dismissing or giving permission to depart. [1425 75; late ME: a dimissory letter < LL dimissorius, equiv. to L dimitt(ere) to send away, release (see DEMIT) + torius TORY1] * * * …   Universalium

  • dimissory — adjective a) Granting permission to be ordained. A bishops dimissory letter. b) Granting permission to depart …   Wiktionary

  • letter missive — In old English law, a letter from the king or queen to a dean and chapter, containing the name of the person whom he would have them elect as bishop. A request addressed to a peer, peeress, or lord of parliament against whom a bill has been filed …   Black's law dictionary

  • dead letter — Synonyms and related words: Pastoral Epistle, aerogram, aimlessness, air letter, airgraph, billet doux, bull, chain letter, dimissorial, dimissory letter, drop letter, emptiness, empty sound, encyclical, fan letter, form letter, futility, inanity …   Moby Thesaurus

  • love letter — Synonyms and related words: Pastoral Epistle, aerogram, air letter, airgraph, billet doux, bull, chain letter, dead letter, dimissorial, dimissory letter, drop letter, encyclical, fan letter, form letter, letter of credit, letter of introduction …   Moby Thesaurus

  • dimissorial — |dimə|sōrēəl, sȯr noun ( s) Etymology: New Latin dimissorialis dimissory and commendatory, from Medieval Latin dimissorius dimissory and commendatory + Latin alis al : a letter from a pope, bishop, abbot, or other high ecclesiastical official… …   Useful english dictionary

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