- government of the church by bishops; church government in which there are three distinct orders of ministers, namely bishops, priests or presbyters, and deacons.
Origin of episcopacy
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Examples from the Web for episcopacy
He was an equally active opponent of Whitefield and of Episcopacy.Diary of Anna Green Winslow</p>
Anna Green Winslow
It is to his language about episcopacy that we wish to refer.
In England, Episcopacy is an engine by which the people are ecclesiastically governed.Charles I
But a Whig ministry is just now in power, and the Whigs are hostile to Episcopacy.
Thus was Episcopacy professed in Massachusetts, and thus was it exiled.The Loyalists of America and Their Times, Vol. 1 of 2
- government of a Church by bishops
- another word for episcopate
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Word Origin and History for episcopacy
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