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DIVINE SERVICE Definition & Legal Meaning

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Divine service was the name of a feudal tenure, by which thetenants were obliged to do some special divine services in certain; as to sing so manymasses, to distribute such a sum in alms, and the like. (2 Bl. Comm. 102; 1 Steph.Comm. 227.) It differed from tenure in frankalmoign, in this: that, iu case of the tenureby divine service, the lord of whom the lauds were holden might distrain for its nonperformance,whereas, in case of frankalmoign, the lord has no remedy by distraint forneglect of the service, but merely a right of complaint to the visitor to correct it Mozley & Whitley.


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