from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. two ecclesiastical parties in the Church of England and the Protestant Episcopal Church. The high-churchmen emphasize the doctrine of the apostolic succession, and hold, in general, to a sacramental presence in the Eucharist, to baptismal regeneration, and to the sole validity of Episcopal ordination. They attach much importance to ceremonies and symbols in worship. Low-churchmen lay less stress on these points, and, in many instances, reject altogether the peculiar tenets of the high-church school. See Broad Church.
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- n. a group in the Anglican Church that emphasizes the Catholic tradition (especially in sacraments and rituals and obedience to church authority)
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My married sister added to the number by one little anonymous high church story, called Chollerton.
I went up to Orange C.H. to church today -- the houses of worship were full there were also services at our Hd.Qrs. Gen. Lee & many of the high officers of the army were there, the preacher was high church -- going through the flexions & genuflexions.