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VIRGINS, CONSECRATION OF

Solemn dedication of a woman to lifetime virginity. The practice goew back to apostolic times, with a formal rite for the consecration dating from about the year 500. In 1970, Poep Paul VI revised the ritual by which women consecrate their virginity "to Christs and their brethren" without becoming members of a religious institute.

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

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