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a group of people who adhere to a common faith and habitually attend a given church

an assemblage of people or animals or things collected together

the act of congregating

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But as some of them were united into extended groups and as the interest of the congregation deepened, the churches began to seem too small and inconvenient, the excited audiences forgot the proper reverence, and the performances were transferred to the churchyard, and then, when the gravestones proved troublesome, to the market place, the village-green, or any convenient field.
It was a genuine relief to the whole congregation when the ordeal was over and the benediction pronounced.
Yet perhaps the pale-faced congregation was almost as fearful a sight to the minister, as his black veil to them.
In the first place, you know, I am traveling in Europe on funds supplied by my congregation, who kindly offered me a vacation and an opportunity to enrich my mind with the treasures of nature and art in the Old World.
At the word, Goodman Brown stepped forth from the shadow of the trees and approached the congregation, with whom he felt a loathful brotherhood by the sympathy of all that was wicked in his heart.
The Emminster congregation looked at her as only a congregation of small country-townsfolk walking home at its leisure can look at a woman out of the common whom it perceives to be a stranger.
The congregation was extremely small and quite a rustic one with the exception of a large muster of servants from the house, some of whom were already in their seats, while others were yet dropping in.
He noticed that, whereas the Protestant church was nearly empty and the congregation had a listless air, the Jesuit on the other hand was crowded and the worshippers seemed to pray with all their hearts.
But he was still left alone in it when the congregation had assembled.
She accepted my presents; she allowed all the customary preparations for a wedding to proceed to completion; she had not even mercy en ough, or shame enough, to prevent me from publicly degrading myself by waiting for her at the altar, in the presence of a large congregation.
The Holy Deacon did so, and putting the money into his pocket waited till the congregation was dismissed and said goodnight.
He had so few parishioners that it is said he used to go down to the seashore and skiff stones in order to gather a congregation.
I told her that the roof would be repaired at once, by Christian carpenters selected by her from the congregation.
And then a whisper ran through the whole congregation, "Who is she?
Thus, when he applied his text to the first assemblage of his hearers, and pictured the wonder of the church at their presumption in forming a congregation among themselves, he stopped short with his Bible under his arm in the manner I have described, and pursued his discourse after this manner:
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