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PRELATE. The name of an ecclesiastical officer. There are two orders of prelates; the first is composed of bishops, and the second, of abbots, generals of orders, deans, &c.

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My objective in this article is to build upon Lewalski's observation and explore the parable of the talents contextually in relation to the prelacy controversy of the 1640s and rhetorically as Miltons device for describing the labor of reformation.
But another momentous day for the archbishop and his prelacy will come Saturday, when His Holiness Aram I, Catholicos of the Great House of Cilicia, will bless the under-construction facility as part of a Southern California visit.
His prelacy in conservatism is commonly recognized; yet, as Harold Laski says, Burke also gives 'deep comfort to men of liberal temper.
This hope is splendidly fulfilled here in a study that takes the separate tenets of Wycliffite teaching (confession, the eucharist, predestination, saints, Scripture, the Church, the papacy and prelacy, religious orders, and so on) and shows how these ideas are expressed or implied at various points in the sermons, citing detailed parallels in Wyclif's writings.
antichrist: 'the curses of popes are the blessings of God' (97)), prelacy, priests, and sects (monks, friars, canons, and the pope and his clerks, all beset by avarice), lords and kings ('knights savour the gospel and want to read it in English' (157)), dominion, temporalities ('Lords have a duty to disendow, just as Christ cleansed the temple' (167)), and persecution.
Accordingly, twenty-two inhabitants of Caddington petitioned the House of Lords that `since by the last oath and covenant prelacy is extirpated', the ground rents formerly paid to the dean and chapter, some 62 [pounds sterling] in all, should now be allotted to Firmin and his successors.
These satires were commissioned by an anxious prelacy in response to the Puritan-authored "Martin Marprelate" tracts, anonymous pamphlets that had begun appearing on the London streets in 1589.
The issues are the familiar ones of confession, the Eucharist, predestination, the Bible, preaching, human laws, the Church, papacy, prelacy, priesthood, religious orders, secular authority, pilgrimage, images, saints, indulgences, the Despenser crusade, and persecution, set against a backdrop of the Great Schism and the machinations of Antichrist, as the source of the disordered times.
Arguably political nationalism, whether in its separatist or devolutionist forms, has filled a void created by ecumenism, which makes it unseemly to speak roughly of prelacy or popery, and by religious indifference.
The conclusion from this first employment of Aristotle is that there would have been no dominative superiority--no prelacy ordered ad dominandum--in the state of innocence.
By imitating the papacy - emphasizing laws, elevating bishops, and forcing obedience - prelacy had not only corrupted the clergy but also created servile parishioners.
The UAF is the joint effort of the Armenian General Benevolent Union, Armenian Missionary Association of America, Armenian Relief Society, Diocese of the Armenian Church of America, and Prelacy of the Armenian Apostolic Church of America.