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 (as) something
1. Lit. to establish someone as a priest or minister. In a lovely ceremony, they ordained David as a priest. He was ordained as a priest by a bishop.
2. Fig. to establish someone as something. They ordained the poor old man as a deputy sheriff. Was he duly ordained as a Mercedes mechanic?
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2] It declares, in the next place, that "the JUDICIAL POWER of the United States shall be vested in one Supreme Court, and in such inferior courts as Congress shall ordain and establish"; and it then proceeds to enumerate the cases to which this judicial power shall extend.
The judicial Power of the United States, shall be vested in one supreme Court, and in such inferior Courts as the Congress may from time to time ordain and establish.
By ancient tradition the Church ordains deacons and priests on a date as close as possible to the feast day of St Peter on June 29th.
They normally spend a year working as an assistant to a vicar before the Bishop ordains them to the priesthood when they are also able to celebrate Holy Communion.
The Deacons will then normally spend a year working as an assistant to a vicar, before the Bishop ordains them to the priesthood.
And I believe that when the church ordains women and men, married and celibate, to the priesthood, the church will begin to return to spiritual wholeness.
The ELCA ordains only those gay people who say they will abstain from sexual relationships.
If Bishop Cox ordains a million and all I do is five, then I'm happy," Buckley said.
Roman Catholic Womenpriests begins when a male Roman Catholic bishop ordains seven women in a boat on the Danube River.