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- adj. hebdomadal
- n. A member of a Roman Catholic chapter or convent whose week it is to officiate in the choir and perform other services, which, on extraordinary occasions, are performed by the superiors.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A member of a chapter or convent, whose week it is to officiate in the choir, and perform other services, which, on extraordinary occasions, are performed by the superiors.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Weekly: same as hebdomadal.
- n. In the Roman Catholic Church, that member of a chapter or convent whose duty it is, during a certain week, to officiate in the choir, rehearse the anthems and prayers, and perform other services which on extraordinary occasions are performed by the superiors. Also called hebdomader.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. of or occurring every seven days
(That's a good, catching phrase, "hebdomadary," though it's hard to say.
After the seventh century, the Bishop of Palestrina was one of the hebdomadary prelates for the services of the Lateran basilica, and was, therefore, a cardinal; he is the fourth, in order, of the cardinal-bishops.
The prohibition of the use of fleshmeat and milk at one meal: the hebdomadary symposium of incoordinately abstract, perfervidly concrete mercantile coexreligionist excompatriots: the circumcision of male infants: the supernatural character of Judaic scripture: the ineffability of the tetragrammaton: the sanctity of the sabbath.
When I am alone I am a chimney with no hebdomadary repose; I smoke forever.
Also on days when there is a principal or processional feast, each one of them, including the hebdomadary, is to have five eggs.
Also if there is any cloistered person who has begun his week of being hebdomadary, and falls into such sickness that he cannot celebrate the same, the cantor is to say or celebrate three masses.
Item, the pittancer is to serve out mashed beans to the servants of the convent during Lent as well as to those who are in religion, and at this season he is to provide the prior of the cloister and the hebdomadary with bruised cicerate; 58 but if any one of the same is hebdomadary, he is only to receive one portion.
The cantor must sing the processional hymns which are sung on entering the church, but he is exempt from taking his turn of being hebdomadary by reason of his intoning the offices; and he is to write down the names of those who celebrate low masses and of those who get them said by proxy; and he is to report these last to the prior that they may be punished.
Item, he is to pay the prior of the cloister six florins for his fine 56 ... and three florins to the .... 57 and he should also give five eggs per diem to the hebdomadary of the high altar, except in Lent.
The Squire having expressed to his friend a desire of perambulating these boundaries, they proceeded, by the way of George street, to explore the sanctified labyrinths, the scenes of diurnal clamour, and hebdomadary conflict.
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