Capellanus sentence example

capellanus
  • The origin of the office of capellanus or cappellanus in the medieval church is generally traced (see Du Cange, Gloss.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • Such a sanctuary was served by a priest, who was hence called capellanus, from which is derived the English "chaplain" (q.v.).
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