Capellanus sentence example
- The origin of the office of capellanus or cappellanus in the medieval church is generally traced (see Du Cange, Gloss.
- However this may be, the name capellanus was generally applied to those who were in charge of sacred relics: such officials were also known as custodes, martyrarii, cubicularii.
- From the care of sacred relics preserved in royal chapels, &c. (sacella or capellae), the office of capellanus naturally extended its scope until it covered practically that of the modern court chaplain, and was officially recognized by the Church.
- Such a sanctuary was served by a priest, who was hence called capellanus, from which is derived the English "chaplain" (q.v.).