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Church triumphant

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Church triumphant See under Triumphant.
    • Church triumphant the church in heaven, enjoying a state of triumph, her warfare with evil being over; -- distinguished from church militant. See under Militant.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Church triumphant the portion of the church which has overcome and left this world
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. circe (Scot, kirk; Ger. kirche)—Gr. kyriakon, belonging to the Lord—Kyrios, the Lord.

Usage

In literature:

Do not mistake this one word "above" to refer to the triumphant Church in heaven, but to the militant Church on earth.
"Commentary on the Epistle to the Galatians" by Martin Luther
Before and during this conflict with Paganism the church of God was publicly triumphant on earth.
"The Revelation Explained" by F. Smith
On Sunday he triumphantly drove Miss Brown to the nearest church.
"Romance of California Life" by John Habberton
The victory of pure doctrine and strict church order, though perhaps not exactly glorious, was triumphant and irreversible.
"A History of American Christianity" by Leonard Woolsey Bacon
The Church is militant on earth, it is expectant in Paradise, it will be hereafter triumphant in Heaven.
"The Life of the Waiting Soul in the Intermediate State" by R. E. Sanderson
In this contest the representative of the Church was triumphant.
"The White Chief" by Mayne Reid
Let us take the description of the Church Triumphant in Canto XXXII.
"Confessions of a Book-Lover" by Maurice Francis Egan
While it is thus true that Mr. Beecher and the church came forth triumphant, it was at heavy cost.
"Sixty years with Plymouth Church" by Stephen M. Griswold
As George returned to town with his friend, his love was not quite so triumphant as it had been that morning on his road to church.
"The Bertrams" by Anthony Trollope
Again the glorious spectacle of the Church triumphant in molding a wavering youth into a devoted son!
"Carmen Ariza" by Charles Francis Stocking
It has been thought to be a symbolical allusion to the Queen Brunhilda, and again of the Church triumphant.
"The Cathedrals and Churches of the Rhine" by Francis Miltoun
The Church Triumphant, 178-180, 583.
"Book of Hymns for Public and Private Devotion" by Various
The joyous, rhythmical church-song introduced by Bishop Ambrose made triumphant progress throughout the Western Church.
"The Story of Our Hymns" by Ernest Edwin Ryden
Thus only can it become the church triumphant.
"Speeches, Addresses, and Occasional Sermons, Volume 1 (of 3)" by Theodore Parker
The church militant and triumphant could no longer be the church humble and unknown.
"A Philosophical Dictionary, Volume 3 (of 10)" by François-Marie Arouet (AKA Voltaire)
The time of miracles is passed; the triumphant church has no longer occasion for them.
"A Philosophical Dictionary, Volume 8 (of 10)" by François-Marie Arouet (AKA Voltaire)
On the opposite wall is the Church militant and triumphant.
"The Story of Florence" by Edmund G. Gardner
The church was triumphant.
"The Works of Robert G. Ingersoll, Vol. 4 (of 12) Dresden Edition--Lectures" by Robert G. Ingersoll
The Heavenly Jerusalem; or, the Church Triumphant.
"Notes and Queries, Vol. IV, Number 113, December 27, 1851" by Various
The Heavenly Jerusalem; or, the Church Triumphant.
"Notes and Queries, Vol. V, Number 115, January 10, 1852" by Various
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In poetry:

The church triumphant in thy love,
Their mighty joys we know;
They sing the Lamb in hymns above,
And we in hymns below.
"Hymn XV: Happy the Souls to Jesus Joined" by Charles Wesley
That once again the silent church may ring
With songs of joy triumphant over pain--
Ah! God, who makest the miracle of spring
Make Thou dead faith and love to rise again.
"The New Dispensation" by Edith Nesbit

In news:

She was the head of the Church Universal and Triumphant, which gained notoriety in the late 1980s for its followers' elaborate preparations for nuclear Armageddon.
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