Also found in: Dictionary, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.

ECCLESIA. In classical Greek this word signifies any assembly, and in this sense it is used in Acts xix. 39. But ordinarily, in the New Testament, the word denotes a Christian assembly, and is rendered into English by the word church. It occurs thrice only in, the Gospels, viz. in Matt. xvi. 18, and xviii. 17; but very frequently in the other parts of the New Testament, beginning with Acts ii. 47. In Acts xix. 37, the word churches, in the common English version, seems to be improperly used to denote heathen temples. Figuratively, the word church is employed to signify the building set apart for the Christian assemblies; but the word eclesia is not used in the New Testament in that sense.

References in periodicals archive ?
Woods was indicted in March along with Oren Paris III, the president of Ecclesia College, and their mutual friend, Randell Shelton Jr.
Global Sisters Report: Why was the Ecclesia of Women in Asia established?
Se le facilito el texto completo de un proyecto de Ley fundamental -Lex Fundamentalis Ecclesiae Catholicae--(113), acompanado de un documento explicativo Notanda circa schema Legis Fundamentalis Ecclesia (114).
Al igual que sus comentarios al De Ecclesia, sus lecciones sobre esos pasajes de la Summa se encuentran conservadas en el ms.
He finished his intermediate and secondary studies at Saint Maron Ecclesia, Ghazir, 1964-1972, and founded with his chaplain Father Anis Abi Aad, the group Saint Maroun Scouts of Lebanon.
And the Benefits of Becoming a Member of the United Earth Ecclesia" advocates the United Earth Ecclesia, a movement that calls for a greater cooperation throughout the world to work together to protect human interests.
But Billingham Crusaders fared better in the National Christian Cup as last year's beaten finalists progressed with a 5-4 extra-time win at Ecclesia Sheffield.
She had a strong faith and was an active member of the Christadelphian Ecclesia in Worcester, where she taught Sunday School for over 10 years, sharing her love for God with others.
Their prison sentences ranged from three to five years, according to Radio Ecclesia.
207 [seccion] I presenta la struttura gerarchica in genere dei fedeli nella Chiesa, in quanto afferma che "ex divina institutione, inter christifideles sunt in Ecclesia ministri sacri, qui in iure et clerici vocantur; ceteri autem et laici nuncupantur".
The series highlight thus far was the PlayStation and Xbox Live Arcade smash Symphony of the Night, however, Order of Ecclesia is certainly as good as that title, and marks a return to form for the Konami franchise.
Planning officials are recommending planning permission is granted despite objections from the Coventry Christadelphian Ecclesia about traffic problems.