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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 …

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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 19 April 2019 <>
First published online: 2018
First print edition: 20180827

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