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What does ordained mean?
Ordained is an adjective that means having gained official status as a priest, minister, or other religious authority through a sanctioned process.
Ordained is also the past tense of the verb ordain, meaning to invest someone with such authority. It has several other more general meanings, including to order, command, decree, or destine. The process or ceremony in which a priest or minister is ordained is called ordination.
Example: Only an ordained minister can perform the ceremony.
Where does ordained come from?
The first records of ordained as an adjective come from around the 1300s. The verb ordain is derived from the Latin verb ordināre, meaning “to arrange, order, appoint.”
The original sense of the verb ordain is “to appoint to holy office.” In Christianity, this is done through the ceremony of ordination, which sometimes refers to the sacrament of holy orders. Those who have undergone this process are generally called ordained ministers, indicating that they have officially completed the steps to gain their status as a priest or minister. Ordained ministers are said to be members of the clergy and they are often given the title reverend.
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How is ordained used in real life?
As an adjective, ordained is almost always used in religious contexts, especially in relation to Christian priests and ministers.
Today, as an ordained minister, I married my first couple! 👰🏾🤵🏾
— Ochs (@_sethao) March 14, 2020
On this feast of St Joseph, we wish Fr John many congratulations as he celebrates 50 years as an ordained priest. May God continue to bless him today and always.
— St Mary's School (@StMaryB17) March 19, 2020
LA: I need someone who is ordained stat. Minister for wedding this weekend had to cancel. Non-denominational. Help pls!
— Arley Ann (@MissArley) August 6, 2009
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Is ordained used correctly in the following sentence?
I am entering the seminary in order to study to become an ordained minister.
Example sentences from the Web for ordained
Most people know the Universal Life Church as a quick and easy place to get ordained without leaving your couch.
Yup, Evelyn and Donald Knapp are “ordained Christian ministers” suing for the right to discriminate.Refusing to Marry Same-Sex Couples Isn’t Religious Freedom, It’s Just Discrimination|Sally Kohn|October 23, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Those words were said by Joshu Sasaki Roshi, who ordained Leonard Cohen as a Zen monk in 1996.
Not only was he known as one of the blessed Polish priests who Pope John Paul II ordained before he became pope.
The doctrines, which drew on the likes of Wilhelm Reich, replaced absolute fidelity with ordained promiscuity.The Life and Art of Radical Provocateur—and Commune Leader—Otto Muehl|Anthony Haden-Guest|September 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Providence has ordained it otherwise, and death arrests my progress.Tales of My Time, Vol. 1 (of 3)|William Pitt Scargill
She has already been ordained as a minister of the Unitarian Church.Warren Commission (9 of 26): Hearings Vol. IX (of 15)|The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
He tells you that matrimony was ordained for a remedy against sin.Her Royal Highness Woman|Max O'Rell
It was my happiness, when I was ordained, to be settled next neighbour to an aged and saintly minister.The Preacher and His Models|James Stalker
He did no more fighting until he had seen him buried, and ordained a mass for him.The Life and Death of Richard Yea-and-Nay|Maurice Hewlett