Ordain, Ordination

   The act of setting apart to the Sacred Ministry and whereby the grace of Orders is conferred. The right or power to ordain belongs solely to the Bishop and this he does with prayer and Laying on of Hands. (See IMPOSITION OF HANDS.) The times of Ordination prescribed by Canon Law are the Sundays after the Ember Days (which see). These became the settled times of Ordination as early as the Fourth or Fifth Century. But the Bishops are privileged to ordain at other times if necessity require.

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

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