Definition of Low Church in English:

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Low Church



[treated as singular or plural]
A tradition within the Anglican Church (and some other denominations) which is Protestant in outlook and gives relatively little emphasis to ritual, sacraments, and the authority of the clergy.
Example sentences
  • He became Low Church in order to marry his rich wife who, now dead, has left him with one daughter, Dorothy.
  • They want to continue their Low Church practices in peace.
  • Ryle, for example, pointedly contrasts High and Low Church approaches to religion.


Low Churchman

noun (plural Low Churchmen)
Example sentences
  • High Church clergy and laity were often termed "high and dry", in reference to their traditional "high" attitude with regard to political position of the Church in England, and "dry" faith, which was accompanied by an austere but decorous mode of worship, as reflective of their idea of an orderly and dignified churchmanship against the rantings of the low churchmen that their Cavalier ancestors had defeated.
  • Naturally the Low Churchmen resented an appellation with which this suggestion of unworthy motives was associated.

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