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We understand ordination as the rite by which a person is put into the service of God in a special way. There are four aspects to ordination:

1.  the person who administers the ordination;

2.  the person who receives the ordination;

3.  the act of ordination;

4.  and the effect of it.

The person who ordains has been authorized to do so by the church, and during the ordination he pronounces prayers in which God is actually invoked as th…

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van Geest, Paul, “Ordination”, in: Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online, General Editor David G. Hunter, Paul J.J. van Geest, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte. Consulted online on 28 September 2020 <>
First published online: 2018

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