high church definition

  • adjective:
    • two ecclesiastical functions into the Church of England in addition to Protestant Episcopal Church. The high-churchmen stress the doctrine for the apostolic succession, and hold, as a whole, to a sacramental existence within the Eucharist, to baptismal regeneration, and the only real credibility of Episcopal ordination. They attach much significance to ceremonies and symbols in worship. Low-churchmen set less anxiety on these points, and, in many cases, reject altogether the strange principles associated with high-church college. See Broad Church.
  • noun:
    • a bunch in the Anglican Church that emphasizes the Catholic tradition (especially in sacraments and rituals and obedience to church expert)
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