American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The office of a presbyter.
- n. A body or an order of presbyters.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The office or station of a presbyter.
- n. A presbytery.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A presbytery; also, presbytership.
- presbyter + -ate (Wiktionary)
“According to all texts previously quoted the presbyterate is the bishop's advisory council and his support, and constitutes with him a governing body which has a claim to due reverence and obedience while itself subordinate to him (ad Trall., xii, 2; ad Eph., iv, 1; cf. Polyc., v, 2).”
“Ordination was more and more being regarded as a merely civil requirement, but conveying no ministerial commission; recognition by the congregation with the laying on of the hands of the presbyterate was the only ordination they allowed as apostolic.”
“That is, the presbyterate is a pastoral role rather than a sacramental role.”
“Indeed not, since it is one of the bitter fruits of those councils that the presbyterate has been decimated by tens of thousands; seminaries closed and Sunday congregations reduced to single digit percentages in most western countries.”
“This undoubtedly demonstrates that the current pontificate is doing absolutely nothing to halt the inexorable slide of the modernist presbyterate into sodomy & eventual oblivion.”
“Its presbyterate is disappearing and, finally, some of the older hierarchs have at last had the courage to speak out now they do not have jobs to lose.”
“This function was taken away from them,by the presbyterate/Cardinals etc.”
“The prefect affirmed that this year must be "a year of prayer by priests, with priests and for priests, a year for the renewal of the spirituality of the presbyterate and of each priest.”
“Trusting in your Bishops, united fraternally to the whole presbyterate and supported by the portion of the People of God commended to your care, you will be able to respond faithfully to the Lord who has called you, just as he called Joseph to watch over Mary and the Child Jesus!”
“What I said in my address about the importance of unity and cooperation within the presbyterate applies here too.”
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