• Grand Canon
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  • WordNet 3.6
    • n canonization (Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox Church) the act of admitting a deceased person into the canon of saints
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Minor Canon Row: Rochester Minor Canon Row: Rochester

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: As specified by the Christian church, the canonical hours are matins, lauds, prime, terce, sext, none, vespers, and compline.
    • Canonization (R. C. Ch) The final process or decree (following beatifacation) by which the name of a deceased person is placed in the catalogue (canon) of saints and commended to perpetual veneration and invocation. "Canonization of saints was not known to the Christian church titl toward the middle of the tenth century."
    • Canonization The state of being canonized or sainted.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n canonization In the Roman Catholic Church, the act of enrolling a beatified person among the saints. See beatification. Originally each bishop was accustomed to declare that particular deceased persons should be regarded as saints; but the exercise of this power was gradually assumed by the popes, who since 1179 have exercised the exclusive right of canonization. In order to canonization, it must be shown that two miracles have been wrought by the candidate before beatification, and two more after it by his intercession. The pope, on application, resumes the case of the beatified person, with the view of testing his qualifications for the higher rank which is claimed for him. A secret consistory is summoned, at which three cardinals are appointed to inquire into the matter, who make their report at a second private meeting. In the third, which is a public consistory, one person, called the advocatus diaboli, or devil's advocate, attacks the person to be canonized, raises doubts as to the miracles said to have been wrought by him, and exposes any want of formality in the procedure; while another person, called advocatus Dei, or God's advocate, supports his claim. Lastly, a fourth consistory is held, in which the votes of the prelates are taken for or against the canonization. If a plurality of votes are cast in favor of the candidate, the pope announces the day appointed for the ceremony, which takes place at St. Peter's. Also spelled canonisation.
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  • Harriet Beecher Stowe
    “To be really great in little things, to be truly noble and heroic in the insipid details of everyday life, is a virtue so rare as to be worthy of canonization.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. canonisation,


In literature:

This canon is now called Red Canon.
"Death Valley in '49" by William Lewis Manly
The dogs were on him long before we had worked our way down the canon and up to the shelf where he lay.
"Camps and Trails in China" by Roy Chapman Andrews and Yvette Borup Andrews
Clara cried frankly and heartily, and begged him to lead her back through the canon.
"Overland" by John William De Forest
"Youth and Sex" by Mary Scharlieb and F. Arthur Sibly
William Lasher, once Vicar of Clinton St. Mary, now Canon of Polchester Cathedral.
"The Golden Scarecrow" by Hugh Walpole
She turned to fight, and raising her voice in the rallying cry of her race, sent a long howl rolling over the canon.
"Lobo, Rag and Vixen" by Ernest Seton-Thompson
Chantelouve knew Canon Docre!
"Là-bas" by J. K. Huysmans
We led our safari up to the level of a boulder flat between two deep canons that ran down from the hills.
"African Camp Fires" by Stewart Edward White
I wish to believe Canon Keller truthful when he knows the truth.
"Ireland Under Coercion (2nd ed.) (2 of 2) (1888)" by William Henry Hurlbert
He had scarcely turned the head of his horse toward the mouth of the canon when the pursuit drove headlong into sight.
"Mavericks" by William MacLeod Raine

In poetry:

FIRST CANON. I admonish you again,
For no lesser cause to go,
Than a firm belief that there
For your sins you may atone.
"The Purgatory Of St. Patrick - Act III" by Denis Florence MacCarthy
My brow I thrust,
Through sultry dust,
That the lean wolf howl'd upon;
I drove my tides,
Between the sides,
Of the bellowing canon.
"The Ghosts Of The Trees" by Isabella Valancy Crawford
—"Then, where dwells the Canon's kinswoman,
My friend of aforetime?"—
('Twas hard to repress my heart-heavings
And new ecstasy.)
"My Cicely" by Thomas Hardy
The devil a hunter long hath been,
Though Doctor Luther said it:
Of his canon-pack he was the dean,
And merrily he led it:
The old one kept them swift and lean
On faith—that's devil's credit!
"Within and Without: Part II: A Dramatic Poem" by George MacDonald
The spirit of freedom is born of the mountains,
In gorge and in canon it hovers and dwells;
Pervading the torrents and crystalline fountains,
Which dash through the valleys and forest clad dells.
"The Spirit Of Freedom Is Born Of The Mountains." by Alfred Castner King
And lo, in that grey storehouse, fallen to dust and rotten,
Lay piled the traps and engines of forgotten greed,
The tomes of codes and canons, long disused, forgotten,
The robes and sacred books of many a vanished creed.
"The Land Of Pallas" by Archibald Lampman

In news:

Lewiston family heads to Rome for canonization of first Native American saint.
Pope Benedict XVI will canonize the first Native American saint, Kateri Tekakwitha, a woman whose story is a bridge between the Catholic Church and Native Americans.
Locals headed to Vatican for Kateri's canonization .
As Mother Marianne Cope's canonization nears, last patients see Kalaupapa as both exile and home.
On the Hasty Canonization of Joe Paterno.
Frank Ordonez/The Post-Standard Joanne Shenandoah is writing a song of healing for the first canonization of a Native person.
Native Indians wait for the start of a canonization ceremony celebrated by Pope Benedict XVI, in St Peter's Square, at the Vatican, Sunday, Oct 21, 2012.
The canonization coincided with a Vatican meeting of the world's bishops on trying to revive Christianity in places where it's fallen by the wayside.
Rome to witness Kateri Tekakwitha's canonization by.
The bishop also is in Rome today for St Jeanne's canonization .
Both Native American men attended the canonization in St Peter's Square.
Meeting July 7, bishops also approved Resolution D019, which rewords Title I, Canon 17, Sec.
Gene Robinson, Bishop of New Hampshire, said the amended canon would not compel any bishop or diocese to ordain anyone in a same-sex relationship.
Mark Lawrence, Bishop of South Carolina, opposed the change in canon language.
The AACE International Board of Directors approved revisions to the Canons of Ethics June 17-18 in Anaheim, CA.

In science:

Then given a definable set, we associate with it a (canonical) finite collection of graded limit groups that together form a Diophantine envelope of the definable set, and with them we associate a canonical collection of duo limit groups, that in certain cases can be viewed as a Duo envelope.
Diophantine Geometry over Groups IX: Envelopes and Imaginaries
The canonical shift on E N is denoted with (θn )n≥0 , that is, θn stands for the map from E N into E N such that (θnw)(·) = w(· + n) for w ∈ E N , and we write (Fn )n≥0 for the canonical filtration.
Upper bound on the disconnection time of discrete cylinders and random interlacements
E concerning the canonical process, the canonical shift and other natural ob jects such as in (1.2).
Upper bound on the disconnection time of discrete cylinders and random interlacements
We endow W with its canonical σ -algebra W and denote by Xn , n ∈ Z, the canonical coordinates.
Upper bound on the disconnection time of discrete cylinders and random interlacements
We denote with W+ and Xn , n ≥ 0, the canonical σ -algebra and the canonical process.
Upper bound on the disconnection time of discrete cylinders and random interlacements