What is ORDINES MAJORES ET MINORES?

In ecclesiastical law. The holy orders of priest, deacon, and subdeacon, any of which qualified for presentation and admission to an ecclesiastical dignity or cure were called “ordincs majores;” and the inferior orders of chanters, psalmists, ostiary, reader, ex- orcist. and acolyte were called “ordincs minorcs.” Persons ordained to the ordincs niinores had their prima, tonsura, different from the tonsura clericalis. Cowell.

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