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Meaning of Convocation

An assembly of the clergy to consult upon ecclesiastical matters.

Convocation Alternative Definition

(Lat. eon, together, voco, to call). In ecclesiastical law. The general assembly of the clergy to consult upon ecclesiastical matters. The clergy were always summoned at the commencement of each parliament. They themselves constituted a parliament, with a higher and lower house of convocation; the higher including the bishops and archbishops ; the lower, the rest of, the clergy. It is still summoned before each parliament pro forma, preserving the ancient custom, but adjourns without transacting any business. 2 Steph. Comm. 542; 2 Burn, Ecc. Law, 18 et seq.

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Meaning of Convocation in the Past

This word literally signifies called together. There is further information on this topic in this legal reference. The assembly of the representatives of the clergy. As to the powers of convocations, see Shelf. on M. & D. 23., See Court of Convocation. [1]


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  1. Partialy, this information about convocation is based on the Bouvier´s Law Dictionary, 1848 edition. There is a list of terms of the Bouvier´s Law Dictionary, including convocation.

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