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ecclēsĭa (ēcclĕsĭa , Sedul. 5, 358; Venant. Carm. 3, 6, 24; and ĕclĕsĭa , Paul. Nol. Carm. 15, 117; 28, 32), ae, f., = ἐκκλησία,
I.an assembly of the (Greek) people.
I. Prop.: et ecclesia consentiente, senate and people, in the free cities of Greece: bule et ecclesia, Plin. et Traj. Ep. 111, 1. —
II. Transf.
A. In eccl. Lat.
1. A religious assembly of Christians, a Christian congregation, a church (eccl. Lat.; “very freq.): die ecclesiae, etc.,Vulg. Matt. 18, 17; id. Philem. 2; Aug. Ep. 190, 5, 19.—
2. The Church, the whole body of believers: “Christus dilexit ecclesiam,Vulg. Eph. 5, 25: “Dei,id. Phil. 3, 6; Aug. Serm. 137, 6; so, “in coelo,Vulg. Heb. 12, 23.—
3. A Christian place of assembly, a church: “ut nomine ecclesiae, id est populi qui continetur, significamus locum qui continet,Aug. Ep. 190, 5, 19; cf. also Amm. 21, 2 fin.; id. 28, 6 fin.
B. An assembly, a meeting in gen., Aus. Ep. 24, 93.
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