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  • In 1875 the jurisdiction of the Ecclesiastical Court was transferred to the High Court.
  • Uganda has become a haven for ecclesiastical refugees.
  • Helene understood that the question was very simple and easy from the ecclesiastical point of view, and that her directors were making difficulties only because they were apprehensive as to how the matter would be regarded by the secular authorities.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • From the time of Jean Louise’s earliest ecclesiastical recollection, Maycomb had sung the Doxology in one way and in one way only: Praise—God—from—whom—all—blessings—flow, a rendition as much a tradition of Southern Methodism as Pounding the Preacher.
    Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman

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  • There was Aelian, who was continually giving his money away to ecclesiastical causes, the cousin who was mauled to death by his underfed racehorse, and four star-crossed sisters who were secret drinkers.
    Michael Ondaatje  --  Running in the Family
  • The "Hoo-ha!" was majestic, conveying such contempt that I saw Moishe—fat and sweating in his black ecclesiastical get-up—actually flinch.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • There were two ecclesiastical examiners, seated on padded stools behind a table that had been erected in the square.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • There was no sign of piano, organ, hymn-books, church programs— the familiar ecclesiastical impedimenta we saw every Sunday.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • Ossuary annexes were a cheap ecclesiastic fix to an awkward dilemma.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • He was painfully aware that he lacked the ecclesiastical aplomb and savoir-faire that enabled so many of his colleagues in other faiths and sects to get ahead.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22

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  • But his greatest trials were in the churchyard, which had the appearance of a primeval forest, with a kind of small ecclesiastical wash-house on one side, and a turnpike gate on the other.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • It was regarded as a model of ecclesiastical, patriotic eloquence.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • In his eyes, of course, the ecclesiastical authority was the chief of all; he was religious, superficial and correct on this point as on all others.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • "And what have you done with your ecclesiastics?" asked d’Artagnan.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • There are no such things as marble kisses or ice kisses, or I should say my ecclesiastical cousin’s salute belonged to one of these classes; but there may be experiment kisses, and his was an experiment kiss.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • Only the authorities, ecclesiastical and lay, were in a position to judge whether the next step was a rediscovery, and so, safe to take; or whether it deviated from the true re-ascent, and so was sinful.
    John Wyndham  --  The Chrysalids
  • ’You don’t mean to say that there is any affinity between nautical matters and ecclesiastical matters?’
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • He was a silk-haired senior, with his cope and crosier, alb and ring —urbane, ecclesiastical, knowing the spiritual power.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • There were also ecclesiastical reformers who chose to remain within the Roman Catholic church.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • "Djali," resumed the young girl, emboldened by her growing success, "how preaches Master Jacques Charmolue, procurator to the king in the ecclesiastical court?"
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • The landlord agreed with this view, and after taking the sense of the company, and duly rehearsing a small ceremony known in high ecclesiastical life as the nolo episcopari, he consented to take on himself the chill dignity of going to Kench’s.
    George Eliot  --  Silas Marner
  • It vexed him the more, because he could have sworn, were such a thing possible, that he recognized the voices of the minister and Deacon Gookin, jogging along quietly, as they were wont to do, when bound to some ordination or ecclesiastical council.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  Young Goodman Brown
  • The man and the ecclesiastic fought within him, and the victory fell to the man.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d’Urbervilles
  • From thence they became vaguely attached to all the sacristies in town: they trimmed all the cloister hedges; they polished every possible crucifix; they passed a damp cloth once a year over most of the ecclesiastical ceilings.
    Thornton Wilder  --  The Bridge of San Luis Rey
  • Sleary himself, a stout modern statue with a money-box at its elbow, in an ecclesiastical niche of early Gothic architecture, took the money.
    Charles Dickens  --  Hard Times
  • The guide told us that the ecclesiastical authorities had in fact tried to rebuild on the site.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Strength in What Remains
  • "Sir!" replied the ecclesiastic, with such angry eyes that the druggist was intimidated by them.
    Gustave Flaubert  --  Madame Bovary
  • The article dealt with a subject which was being debated everywhere at the time—the position of the ecclesiastical courts.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Brothers Karamazov
  • He had a special passion, also, for ecclesiastical vestments, as indeed he had for everything connected with the service of the Church.
    Oscar Wilde  --  The Picture of Dorian Gray
  • _Sir,_ said I, _it is very true; but as you are an ecclesiastic, it naturally falls into your profession: why, therefore, don’t you rather offer to undertake it yourself than press me to it?
    Daniel Defoe  --  Robinson Crusoe
  • He was obviously an ecclesiastic of high rank; his dress was that of a Cistercian Monk, but composed of materials much finer than those which the rule of that order admitted.
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe
  • Freed from ecclesiastical confines, they were debating in normal voices the future of what remained of the Cardinal family.
    David Baldacci  --  Wish You Well
  • Certainly there seemed little harmony between this pagan literature and the mediaeval colleges at Christminster, that ecclesiastical romance in stone.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Jude the Obscure
  • Hitherto silent, whether the better to show by preternatural gravity that curious dignity of the garb with which he was invested or in obedience to an inward voice, he delivered briefly and, as some thought, perfunctorily the ecclesiastical ordinance forbidding man to put asunder what God has joined.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • You’re over the ecclesiastical department.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • In pretty much all of these dreadful stories, ecclesiastics were the hardy heroes, but that didn’t worry the chaplain any, he had his laugh with the rest; more than that, upon invitation he roared out a song which was of as daring a sort as any that was sung that night.
    Mark Twain  --  A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court
  • The ecclesiastical delegates who had come to investigate the report of the strange death of the birds and the sacrifice of the Wandering Jew found Father Antonio Isabel playing blind man’s buff with the children, and thinking that his report was the product of a hallucination, they took him off to an asylum.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  One Hundred Years of Solitude
  • You must bear in mind that he had not, from a strict point of view, been acting very regularly; though some latitude must surely be extended to one whose ecclesiastical superiors are located at a distance measurable in years rather than miles.
    James Hilton  --  Lost Horizon
  • He had no business to say Mass without it; he was probably liable to suspension, but penalties of the ecclesiastical kind began to seem unreal in a state where the only penalty was the civil one of death.
    Graham Greene  --  The Power and the Glory
  • As he said, it had the "most perdurable features of those noble ecclesiastical monuments of grand Old England which stand as symbols of the eternity of faith, religious and civil."
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Babbitt
  • My hope is that a comparative elucidation may contribute to the perhaps not-quite-desperate cause of those forces that are working in the present world for unification, not in the name of some ecclesiastical or political empire, but in the sense of human mutual understanding.
    Joseph Campbell  --  The Hero With a Thousand Faces
  • The mirrors had been covered by Mrs. Einhorn, in whom superstition was very strong, and a candle burned down in a pale white ecclesiastical glass in the dark dining room by a photo of the Commissioner taken when his Bill Cody whiskers were still full and glossy.
    Saul Bellow  --  The Adventures of Augie March
  • I am not so ecclesiastical as Naumann, and I sometimes twit him with his excess of meaning.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • CHAPTER XI — CONCERNING ECCLESIASTICAL PRINCIPALITIES It only remains now to speak of ecclesiastical principalities, touching which all difficulties are prior to getting possession, because they are acquired either by capacity or good fortune, and they can be held without either; for they are sustained by the ancient ordinances of religion, which are so all-powerful, and of such a character that the principalities may be held no matter how their princes behave and live.
    Nicolo Machiavelli  --  The Prince
  • Our own clergy were forbid to preach against popery, and bishops were ordered to supend those who did; and to do the business at once an illegal ecclesiastical commission was erected, little inferior to an inquisition, of which, probably, it was intended to be the ringleader.
    Henry Fielding  --  Tom Jones
  • The fact that four centuries had neither proved it to be founded on a mistake, inspired any hatred of its purpose, nor given rise to any reaction that had battered it down, invested this simple grey effort of old minds with a repose, if not a grandeur, which a too curious reflection was apt to disturb in its ecclesiastical and military compeers.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Far from the Madding Crowd
  • Of this famous house, some of the greatest noblemen, prelates, and dignitaries in England are governors: and as the boys are very comfortably lodged, fed, and educated, and subsequently inducted to good scholarships at the University and livings in the Church, many little gentlemen are devoted to the ecclesiastical profession from their tenderest years, and there is considerable emulation to procure nominations for the foundation.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • From outside, since the street crossing which it commanded was on a lower level, its great wall was thrust upwards from a basement of unfaced ashlar, jagged with flints, in all of which there was nothing particularly ecclesiastical; the windows seemed to have been pierced at an abnormal height, and its whole appearance was that of a prison wall rather than of a church.
    Marcel Proust  --  Swann’s Way
  • His errands were seldom of an ecclesiastical nature.
    Willa Cather  --  Death Comes for the Archbishop
  • ’Beware the pitfalls of ecclesiastical presumption and self-absorbed thought.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Ultimatum
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