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The American Church Dictionary and Cycopedia
A name used to describe the Church on earth, fighting (which the word Militant means) or contending against the powers of the world, to distinguish it from the Church Expectant and the Church Triumphant. (See CHURCH CATHOLIC.) In the Communion Office the prayer said after the presentation of offerings is called "The Prayer for the Church Militant," which is a pleading for the Holy Church throughout the world offered in union with the Great Sacrifice.
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Miller, William James. Entry for 'Militant, Church'. The American Church Dictionary and Cyclopedia. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/acd/m/militant-church.html. 1901.