Definition of High Church in English:

High Church

adjective

  • Of or adhering to a tradition within the Anglican Church emphasizing ritual, priestly authority, sacraments, and historical continuity with Catholic Christianity.

    Compare with Low Church, broad church
    • ‘The audience ranged from High Church Anglo-Catholics to low church Evangelical Anglicans.’
    • ‘Nor was Newman a liberal, rather a High Church Anglican who converted to Catholicism.’
    • ‘There is a sort of dynamism there in that wing of the movement which separates it from the old High Church.’
    • ‘The ‘Authorized Version’ arose out of a conference at Hampton Court, convened by James I in 1604, between the High Church and Low Church parties.’
    • ‘This community of believers developed a cohesive identity not just through its religious outlook and its struggles with the High Church, but also through the experience of weekly worship together.’

noun

  • [treated as singular or plural] The principles or adherents of High Church tradition.

    • ‘By the middle of the 17th century, Charles I had brought back the High Church doctrine, and so the Anglican church was split between the Low Church, the Calvinists, and the High Church.’
    • ‘There is a sort of dynamism there in that wing of the movement which separates it from the old High Church.’
    • ‘This community of believers developed a cohesive identity not just through its religious outlook and its struggles with the High Church, but also through the experience of weekly worship together.’

Pronunciation:

High Church

/ˈˌhī ˈCHərCH/