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Church Orders

(Kirchenordnungen). Regulations, under the gen. ecclesiastical const. of a state, by which canonical ch. forms that had previously prevailed in a land or city were modified in agreement with directions drawn up by men representing the Reformation, while the newly developing ch. system became progressively est. Those of the 16th c. are the most important. They usually open with a statement of the doctrinal position of the country or state or city, followed by regulations concerning the liturgy, the appointment of ch. officers, and the whole administration of the various congs. included in the resp. jurisdiction. Since later compilations often used earlier, acknowledged forms, the orders are grouped in families, by countries or districts.

L. D. Reed, The Lutheran Liturgy, rev. ed. (Philadelphia, [1960]); C. Daib, “Church Order and the Confession,” CTM XVII (February 1946), 128–138.


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