G -- members of "a third
order", an institution which began with the Franciscans in the 13th cent.
for lay folk who wished to strive for Christian perfection in their day-to-day
life in accordance with the spirit and teaching of St. Francis. The system
spread to other Orders such as the Dominicans, Augustinians, and Carmelites.
Tertiaries are obedient to a rule and take a solemn promise. There are also
Regular Tertiaries who live in communities under vows and are fully
"religious" in the technical sense. The name Third Order arises from
the Friars and Nuns being classed as the First and Second Orders. [BD]
Al: tertiary I (Tertiary) рел. член
третьего ордена монашеского братства II рел. принадлежащий к третьему ордену
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