There were also "clerks," educated men, but not priests, who were in "minor orders."
His clerical position was that of a young man in minor orders, his scholastic that of a bachelor in art.
He received the tonsure and the minor orders at the age of seventeen.
There were also some minor orders of friars, who do not need a detailed description.
The vicars choral either now or later had dwindled down to six, and seem to have been only in minor orders.
He was followed in 1716 by M. Jean Jacques Talbot, a cleric in minor orders, who taught for about forty years.
But the refusals of the bishops to admit men in minor orders were very exceptional.
In January he had been made (while yet in minor orders) chaplain of the lady-chapel in the parish church at Rheims.
Yet another twelvemonth, and he could again see himself in the chapel amid the incense, receiving the four minor orders.