One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Become an ordained member of the clergy.‘his first ambition was to take holy orders’
- ‘While at university, I considered taking holy orders and joining a convent’
- ‘He took holy orders and spent his whole career in St Paul's Church in Lyon where he was appointed in 1646.’
- ‘Although his father wanted him to take holy orders, he devoted himself to poetry, scholarship and ‘the approaching reformation’ of England and the world.’
- ‘He has now taken holy orders in the Church of Ireland.’
- ‘In contrast to Defoe, he was able to graduate and take holy orders as soon as he was legally entitled so to do.’
- ‘He was educated in Yorkshire and at Cambridge, before taking holy orders: his grandfather was Archbishop of York.’
- ‘Then he took holy orders, and in no time was a bishop in Wales.’
- ‘Bruno took holy orders in 1572 but then left the order in 1576 after travelling to Rome.’
- ‘He eventually took holy orders, was appointed a bishop, and spent the remainder of his life in peripatetic poverty.’
- ‘Rather, Patrick escaped after five year's servitude, made his way to Gaul, took holy orders, and returned to Ireland to undertake his missionary work.’
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