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apostolic succession

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noun Roman Catholic Church, Orthodox Church, Anglican Church.

the unbroken line of succession beginning with the apostles and perpetuated through bishops, considered essential for orders and sacraments to be valid.

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Origin of apostolic succession

First recorded in 1830–40
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Apostolic succession

noun

the doctrine that the authority of Christian bishops derives from the Apostles through an unbroken line of consecration
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