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ORDER

A methodical arrangement of things; a body of persons, as a group united by a common bond and living under common religious or social regulations; a grade in the Christian ministry; a single choir in the angelic hierarchy; a fraternity or society; a prescribed form of service as Order in the Mass, and a group of persons of the same occupation, profession, guild membership, or confraternity. (Etym. Latin ordo, array, row, rank.)

All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.

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