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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- apostolic age,
- apostolic church,
- apostolic delegate,
- apostolic fathers,
- apostolic see,
- apostolic vicar,
Origin of apostolic succession
First recorded in 1830–40
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the doctrine that the authority of Christian bishops derives from the Apostles through an unbroken line of consecration
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