In the face of the church. A term applied in the law of Englandto marriages, which are required to be solemnized in a parish church or public chapel,unless by dispensation or license. 1 Bl. Comm. 439; 2 Steph. Comm. 288, 289. Appliedin Bracton to the old mode of conferring dower. Bract fol. 92; 2 Bl. Comm. 133.