Definition of ecclesial in English:

ecclesial

adjective

formal
  • Relating to or constituting a Church or denomination.

    ‘the modernization of ecclesial buildings’
    • ‘Perhaps this is to be expected with an issue in which all ecclesial communions have such pronounced self-interests in justifying their own ecclesial orders.’
    • ‘The moral responsibility of the theologian as educator is to model a faithful critique of ecclesial reality in the service of an adult, accountable church.’
    • ‘The Gospel writers wrote in the context of the evolving Church and sometimes skewed their portraits to match ecclesial interest rather than historical reality.’
    • ‘There are, of course, other forms of authority in the Church than ecclesial ones.’
    • ‘The book has four parts: The first provides an analysis of the current social and ecclesial context from which church ministers come and in which they must serve.’
    • ‘Many mistakenly believe that, in the years that followed, the Church governed both ecclesial and civil affairs with a heavy hand.’
    • ‘Similarly, the ecclesial intuitions of the Eastern and Reformed churches could become a very profitable complement to the Roman vision.’
    • ‘I want to flag four aspects of this research, which affect the preparation of lay ecclesial ministers.’
    • ‘As old clerical models of liturgical prayer give way to genuinely ecclesial models, how will these new models relate to the inherited tradition of Anglican worship?’
    • ‘He is, he insisted, Anglican and part of the ecclesial communion called Anglicanism.’
    • ‘One of the strengths of the seminary as a site for preparing lay ecclesial ministers is that it offers an early experience of collaboration.’
    • ‘The profound relationship between the invisible and the visible elements of ecclesial communion is constitutive of the Church as the sacrament of salvation.’
    • ‘He also devoted enormous energy to the spiritual health and ecclesial discipline of other churches in north Italy, not least through his correspondence and his attendance at synods.’
    • ‘If ordinations are classed as invalid because of such considerations, then the sacramental character of the ecclesial community is called into question.’
    • ‘This, however, helps us understand the significant role women played in certain ecclesial communities of the early church.’
    • ‘The passage in Ephesians that compares the union of husband and wife to that of Christ and the church is a favorite ecclesial image, yet it has always been problematic.’
    • ‘Now, however, students carry out their ministry in ecclesial settings.’
    • ‘This means that its interpretation is properly ecclesial, serving the mission of the church.’
    • ‘The liturgical ecclesial community becomes a community in diaspora (without thereby ceasing to be the ecclesia in essence).’
    • ‘The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops is currently preparing a document on the theological foundations of lay ecclesial ministry.’

Origin

Mid 17th century (rare before the 1960s): via Old French from Greek ekklēsia ‘assembly, church’ (see ecclesiastic).

Pronunciation

ecclesial

/ɪˈkliːzɪ(ə)l/