(religion) The Christianchurch that comprises living people on Earth, which is supposed to be engaged in constant warfare against its enemies, and is thus distinguished from the Church Triumphant in Heaven.
Church-militant Sentence Examples
Their bishops and priests, who wear the moustache in deference to popular prejudice, are typical specimens of the church militant.
To the bishop's formula, "I separate thee from the church militant and the church triumphant," Savonarola replied in firm tones, "Not from the church triumphant; that is beyond thy power."
The decree Sacrosancta (April 1415) proclaimed that a general council assembled in the Holy Spirit and representing the Catholic Church militant had its power immediately from Christ, and was supreme over every one in the Church, not excluding the pope, in all matters pertaining to the faith and reformation of the Church of God in head and members.
For Poland, unlike Scotland, was fortunately, in those days of difficult inter-communication, not too far off, and it is indisputable that in the first instance it was the papal nuncios, men like Berard of Camerino and Giovanni Commendone, who reorganized the scattered and faint-hearted battalions of the Church militant in Poland and led them back to victory.
In Anglican churches non-communicants used to leave the church after the prayer for the Church Militant.