Cure of souls

In some denominations of Christianity, the cure of souls (Latin: cura animarum), an archaic translation which is better rendered today as "care of souls," is the exercise by a priest of his office. This typically embraces instruction, by sermons and admonitions, and administration of sacraments, to the congregation over which they have authority from the church. In countries where the Roman Catholic Church acted as the national church, the "cure" was not only over a congregation or congregations, but over a district. The assignment of a priest to a district subdividing a diocese was a process begun in the 4th century AD. The term parish as applied to this district comes from the Greek word for district, παρоικία.

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  • Cure of Souls — • Technically, the exercise of a clerical office involving the instruction, by sermons and admonitions, and the sanctification, through the sacraments, of the faithful in a determined district, by a person legitimately a ppointed for the purpose… …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • Cure of souls — Soul Soul, n. [OE. soule, saule, AS. s[=a]wel, s[=a]wl; akin to OFries. s?le, OS. s?ola, D. ziel, G. seele, OHG. s?la, s?ula, Icel. s[=a]la, Sw. sj[ a]l, Dan. si[ae]l, Goth. saiwala; of uncertain origin, perhaps akin to L. saeculum a lifetime,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Cure of Souls — Cure ♦ Responsibility for the care of souls of others. (Heath, Peter. Church and Realm, 1272 1461, 361) …   Medieval glossary

  • cure of souls —  Врачеватель душ …   Вестминстерский словарь теологических терминов

  • cure of souls — In ecclesiastical law, the ecclesiastical or spiritual charge of a parish, including the usual and regular duties of a minister in charge …   Black's law dictionary

  • cure of souls — The pastoral charge of a parish …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • Cure — (k[=u]r), n. [OF, cure care, F., also, cure, healing, cure of souls, L. cura care, medical attendance, cure; perh. akin to cavere to pay heed, E. cution. Cure is not related to care.] 1. Care, heed, or attention. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] Of study… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • cure — I. noun Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo French, from Medieval Latin & Latin; Medieval Latin cura, cure of souls, from Latin, care Date: 14th century 1. a. spiritual charge ; care b. pastoral charge of a parish 2. a. recovery or relief from… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Cure — The complete phrase is cure of souls . It refers to the priest s responsibility for the souls of his parishioners; from which *curate. [< Lat. cura = care] Cf. Curator …   Dictionary of Medieval Terms and Phrases

  • cure — [kyoor] n. [OFr < L cura, care, concern, trouble < OL * coira < IE base * kois , be concerned] 1. a healing or being healed; restoration to health or a sound condition 2. a medicine or treatment for restoring health; remedy 3. a system,… …   English World dictionary

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