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ORDAIN. To ordain is to make an ordinance, to enact a law.
     2. In the constitution of the United States, the preamble. declares that the people "do ordain and establish this constitution for the United States of America." The 3d article of the same constitution declares, that "the judicial power shall be vested in one supreme court, and in such inferior courts as the congress may from time to time ordain and establish. "See 1 Wheat. R. 304, 324; 4 Wheat: R. 316, 402.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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An ordained minister employed by a nursing home that was affiliated with (but not controlled by) a church.(12)
The increase in feminist ministers, including some who are ordained as priests, is interesting.
e priests will be ordained at 5pm today, and the deacons ordained at 10.30am tomorrow.
"1 had to figure out, if we have all these historical references to ordained women in the Middle Ages, why people keep saying that women were never ordained."
But her role as an associate in ministry at the Church of Reconciliation in Chapel Hill, where she was active in children's and youth ministries, was not the same as being an ordained minister of the church.
Ven.Bhikkhuni Dhammavati, Ven.Dr.Anoja after having been ordained in 1988 and 1998 respectively still cannot wear the civara (robe) when they returned to Nepal.
He notes that the openness to women on the teams of ordained leaders will probably depend on the overall level of women's education and their acceptance as community leaders.
"The church has taken a very bold step, particularly in our Islamic context, in ordaining women," said the newly ordained deacon Kushnud Azariah.
Vagaggini concluded in his lengthy and profoundly researched essay that women in the East had been ordained to the major order of the diaconate over many centuries and in different regions of the Greek and Byzantine churches.
Steve Hood, 52, who will be ordained as a Deacon, joked: "The main thing it means for me at the moment is that I'm missing the British Grand Prix, because that's the same day as the ceremony.