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Encyclopedia > Chapter house

A chapter house is a building or room attached to a cathedral or collegiate church in which meetings are held. A cathedral is a Christian church building, specifically of a denomination with an episcopal hierarchy (such as the Roman Catholic Church or the Anglican churches), which serves as the central church of a bishopric. ... A collegiate church was a church served and administered by a body of canons or prebendaries, similar to a cathedral, although they were not the seat of a bishop. ...

When attached to a cathedral, the cathedral chapter meets there. When attached to a collegiate church, the dean, prebendaries and canons of the college meet there. In religious terminology, a dean is a title accorded to persons holding cartain positions of authority within a religious heirarchy. ... A prebendary is a post connected to a cathedral or collegiate church and is a type of canon. ... Canon can mean: A rule adopted by an ecumenical council of the Catholic or Eastern Orthodox churches. ...

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CATHOLIC ENCYCLOPEDIA: Chapter House (394 words)
In monasteries the chapter house was used daily after Prime (and sometimes after Terce), for the reading of the "Martyrology" and the "Necrology", for the correction of faults, the assigning of the tasks for the day, and for the exhortation of the superior, and again for the evening Collation or reading before Complin.
In England the chapter house was the object of very careful designing and elaborate ornamentation; the polygonal-shaped chapter house is a triumph of English thirteenth-century architecture, and no single instance of it is found either in France or Germany.
The ingenious theory which seeks to identify the polygonal shape with secular foundations, and the rectangular shape with monastic foundations, breaks down in presence of the circular chapter house of Worcester, and the octagonal chapter house of Westminster Abbey, both Benedictine in origin.
Chapter House Activities (396 words)
Jim is an A&P and the proprietor of Manassas Aviation, adjacent to the Chapter House.
The CHAPTER HOUSE is located on the west side of the Manassas Airport at 10629 Observation Road, right next to the control tower.
Your chapter leadership is open to suggestions about how to use the chapter house more effectively and of course, you are invited to come out and "tour" the facility.
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