1. In E Orthodox matins, a liturgical sequence* or chain of troparia* ordered in 9 series. The initial troparion of each series is called the Catavasia. During the singing the worshipers descend from their stalls. 2. Ecclesiastical title of secular clergy belonging to a cathedral or collegiate church. 3. In music, a kind of perpetual fugue,* in which different parts, beginning one after another, repeat the same melody. See also Tallis, Thomas. 4. An ecclesiastical rule or law enacted by a council or other competent authority and, in the RC Ch., approved by the pope. (The Random House Dictionary of the English Language, 2d ed., unabridged, copyright 1987). See also Justification, 10; Rule of Faith.
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