Ostium ecclesiae

Lit. 'church door'. A distinctive feature of 15c ecclesiastical architecture was the spacious church door. They were places where business was done, contracts exchanged and wedding ceremonies began. Sometimes they were built with a room above, where the priest and *sacrist would sleep; this was convenient for their early start of the day with mass. This room was also useful for teaching choirboys.

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  • ostium ecclesiae — The door of the church, the place where marriages were anciently solemnized …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • dowment ad ostium ecclesiae — Same as dower ad ostium ecclesiae …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • ad ostium ecclesiae — /aed ostiyam akliyziyiy/ At the door of the church. One of the five species of dower formerly recognized by the English law. 2 Bl.Comm. 132 …   Black's law dictionary

  • dower ad ostium ecclesiae — /dawar id ostiyam akliyziyiy/ Dower at the church door or porch. An ancient kind of dower in England, where a man (being tenant in fee simple, of full age), openly at the church door, where all marriages were formerly celebrated, after affiance… …   Black's law dictionary

  • dower ad ostium ecclesiae — Dower at the door of the church,–a form of dower given openly at the time of a marriage ceremony, at the very door of the church wherein the marriage was celebrated by a tenant in fee simple of full age, who after affiance made and troth plighted …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • ad ostium ecelesiae — At the door of the church. That is, at one s marriage. At one time in England all marriages were solemnized at the church door. See 2 Bl Comm 132. See dower ad ostium ecclesiae …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • OSTIARIUS — secundus ordo in Ecclesia, iuxta Hieronymum. Isidor. Iun. Ad Ostiarium pertinent claves Ecclesiae, ut claudat et aperiat templum Dei, et omnia, quae sunt intus, extraque custodiat, fideles excipiat, excommunicatos et infideles proiciat.… …   Hofmann J. Lexicon universale

  • NUPTIALIS Annulus — apud Hebraeos, nullus primo, postea rarus fuit, ut diserte scribit Leo Mutin ensis Archisynagogus Venetus, de gli Riti Hebraici part. 4. c. 3. Nimirum non in Nuptiis, sed in ipsis Sponsalibus, primus annuli usus. Unde, quod aliqui habent fidei… …   Hofmann J. Lexicon universale

  • CATALLUM — in LL. Eduardi Confess. c. 35. alibique passim, Chattel in LL. vernaculis Wilhelmi Nothi, c. 4. idem est quod Capitale, bona omnia, quae ex pecudibus sunt: unde invalescente postmodum usu, bona omnia mobilia, cuiuscumque tandem generis, hâc voce… …   Hofmann J. Lexicon universale

  • dower ex assensu patris — /dawar eks asens(hXy)uw psetras/ Dower by the father s assent. A species of dower ad ostium ecclesiae, made when the husband s father was alive, and the son, by his consent expressly given, endowed his wife with parcel of his father s lands. 2 Bl …   Black's law dictionary

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