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 Order of the Day (The,)Orders of Architecture. 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
In Orders or In Holy Orders. Belonging to the clerical order or rank.   1
   To take Orders. To become a clergyman.   2
   The word “order” means not only a mandate, but also an official rank, and in the Catholic Church, a “rule” of life, as Ordo albus (white friars or Augustines), Ordo niger (black friars or Dominicans). In “Holy Orders” is in the plural number, because in the Protestant Church there are three ranks of clergymen—deacons, priests, and bishops. In the Catholic Church there are four major orders and four minor ones. According to Du Cange, the Ordns majrs are Subdeacontus, Deacontus, Presbytertus, and Episcoplis (Subdeacon, Deacon, Priest, and Bishop).   3

 Order of the Day (The,)Orders of Architecture. 


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