Apostolic constitutions

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Apostolic constitutions directions of a nature similar to the apostolic canons, and perhaps compiled by the same authors or author.
    • Apostolic constitutions See under Apostolic.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Apostolic Constitutions notes of ecclesiastical customs held to be apostolical, written in the form of apostolic precepts, and erroneously ascribed by tradition to Clement of Rome
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr.; one sent away, apo, away, stell-ein, to send.

Usage

In literature:

Accordingly, when the Apostolical Constitutions forbid a clergyman to marry perpetual servants or slaves, B. VI.
"The Antiquities of the Jews" by Flavius Josephus
Tertullian, the Apostolic Constitutions, and Cyril of Jerusalem mention the same tale.
"The Freethinker's Text Book, Part II." by Annie Besant
But his great discovery was the genuineness and inestimable value of the Apostolical Constitutions and Canons.
"The English Church in the Eighteenth Century" by Charles J. Abbey and John H. Overton
The claims of our church to apostolical purity rest on her doctrines, constitution, and services.
"The Loyalists, Vol. 1-3" by Jane West
Apostolic Constitutions, 19, 21, 24, 85.
"Deaconesses in Europe" by Jane M. Bancroft
Hence the Apostolic Constitutions, the Decretals, the Apostles' and the Athanasian Creeds, and all the profitable relics of saints and martyrs.
"Flowers of Freethought" by George W. Foote
D. Creed of Antioch quoted in the Apostolic Constitutions.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 7, Slice 6" by Various
This is precisely the way in which the Apostolical Constitutions and other kindred documents have come into being.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 2, Slice 3" by Various
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