- the Catholic Agency for Overseas Development.
The organisation works to end poverty and make a
just world. They work in over 60 countries to work
alongside the poor regardless of race or religion,
build global partnerships for change, campaign for
a fairer world and put faith into action. www.cafod.org.uk
– candles obviously have a practical purpose
in providing light. However, they are also used
in a symbolic way or to draw people’s attention
to something important that’s happening. So,
for example, candles are placed on or near the altar,
or used in processions, such as the Gospel Procession.
They also remind us that Christ is the light of
the world. They can also be lit as a sign of prayer.
See votive candles.
– a name given to the Feast of the Presentation
of Jesus in the Temple when he was forty days old.
By doing this, his parents were fulfilling Jewish
custom. When this day is celebrated there is usually
a procession with lighted candles reflecting the
words of Simeon about Jesus being ‘a light
to lighten the nations’ (Luke 2:22 –39).
See also Nunc Dimittis, the Song of Simeon
– this is the title given to priests who are
appointed to look after the cathedral of a Diocese.
They make up the Chapter of the Cathedral, along
with the Dean.
– a hymn of praise used in worship.
– someone who leads the singing in worship
- someone who is preparing for baptism and/or confirmation
– an outline of faith used for teaching the
– someone who teaches the Christian Faith
to someone who is preparing to be baptised and/or
- the time of preparation for Christian Initiation
when people are taught the Christian faith
– this word comes from the Latin word ‘cathedra’
meaning ‘throne.’ The Cathedral is the
place where the Bishop’s throne or chair is
contained. It’s regarded at the Mother church
of the Diocese. Cathedrals are usually run by a
group of appointed clergy called Canons, presided
over by the Dean.
– this is a word used to describe the Church
in the Creeds. The church is Catholic because it
is universal. This means that it’s concerned
about the whole of life, for all people everywhere,
and for all time. It also means that we hold the
Christian Faith in all its fullness.
Christianity – The Church that existed
in the British Isles before the mission of St Augustine
from Rome in 596 – 7.
Spirituality – a Spirituality that
has its roots in the experience of early Christianity
in the Celtic areas of the British Isles.
– the name given to the cup used at the Eucharist
– the part of the church that contains the
choir, choir stalls, etc.
– a priest or other minister who is appointed
to a non-parish position. For example, a hospital
chaplain, prison chaplain, school chaplain, etc.
– a word used to refer to the gifts given
to every Christian by the Holy Spirit. The word
is also used to describe the gifts that individual
Christians are given to fulfil specific things that
God has called them to do. Another use of the word
is to describe a group of Christians who believe
in the possibility of receiving the same experience
and gifts as the first Christians on the day of
Pentecost (Acts 1:1-4)
– the outer garment/vestment worn by priests
at the Eucharist. Like many vestments it comes from
the clothes worn in the Ancient Roman and Greek
world – and in this case from the outer cloak.
It’s a large piece of material with a hole
for the head. One symbolic use of it refers to the
seamless garment that was taken from Jesus at his
trial and crucifixion for which the Roman soldiers
– see the Oil of Chrism
Mass – a celebration of the Eucharist
on Maundy Thursday where priests renew the vows
made at their ordination, and the Holy Oils are
blessed and consecrated.
– a title that means, ‘The Anointed
One’ and attributed to Jesus.
– a popular name for Holy Baptism
– a follower of Jesus
Aid – a multi-church relief agency
that works in over 50 countries helping people,
regardless of religion or race to improve their
own lives and tackle the causes of poverty and injustice.
Initiation – the rites through which
we become members of the Church, consisting of Baptism
– the celebration of the birth of Christ
– the Church is the family of God and the
Body of Christ through which he continues his work.
Its members on earth enter it by baptism and are
one company with those who worship God in heaven.
Army – an organisation of the Anglican
Church that trains men and women as evangelists.
Their motto is ‘Sharing faith through words
and actions.’ www.churcharmy.org.uk
of England – A church has existed
in England since the first few centuries. In the
sixteenth century, the English Church separated
from the Roman Catholic Church. It proclaims and
holds fast the doctrine and ministry of the One,
Holy Catholic, and Apostolic Church.
in Wales – The Church in Wales is
the ancient church of Wales. It is catholic and
reformed. It proclaims and holds fast the doctrine
and ministry of the One, Holy Catholic, and Apostolic
Missionary Society – A Missionary
Organisation dating back to 1799. It supports 900
people in mission in 26 countries in Africa, Asia,
Europe and the Middle East. www.cms-uk.org
Warden – in the Anglican Church,
these are two lay people who are appointed by the
Parish Priest and the People. They represent the
laity and work closely with the priest. They are
– a name given to a vessel to hold the bread
used at the Eucharist
of David - this is a title given to Jerusalem,
because David captured and fortified the City as
his own and used it to unite the tribes of Israel.
He rebuilt the Temple of Solomon. See Jerusalem
– see Liturgical Colours
–. In Christian worship, Communion is the
act by which we receive the body and blood of Christ
in the Eucharist, and so become one with him and
each other. ‘Holy Communion’ is a name
given to the Holy Eucharist
of Saints – this is the whole family
of God, the living and the dead, bound together
forever in Christ by grace, through sacrament, praise
– the joint celebration of the Eucharist by
a number of priests who say the central bits of
the Eucharistic Prayer together
Church – a church where every local
church community has its own independence. In 1972
the greater part of the Congregational Church in
England and Wales merged with the Presbyterian Church
of England to form the United Reformed Church.
– the rite in which we make a mature expression
of our commitment to Christ made at Baptism. We
receive the strength of the Holy Spirit through
prayer, the laying on of hands and anointing.
– One use of this word is to describe the
act of ‘Saying Sorry.’ It also refers
to the sacramental rite of Confession (also known
as Reconciliation and the Ministry of Absolution).
This is when someone wishes to express their sins
to God in the company of a priest, who then gives
advice and declares God’s forgiveness.
– the setting aside of a person or thing for
the service of God. It can be applied to the Eucharist
where the bread and wine become the body and blood
of Christ, and also of bishops, altars and churches
and other vessels used for the Eucharist
– the place where members of a female Religious
– a cloak worn by clergy for public (liturgical)
– an agreement bound by a promise. God made
a Covenant with Abraham and the People of Israel.
In Christ’s life and death we see the perfect
covenant where God gives us the gift of his grace
and renews our friendship with him. Although people
break their promises, God is always faithful in
– the pastoral staff used by the Bishop. It
is shaped like a shepherd’s crook and reminds
us that the bishop is a shepherd of the Church,
after Jesus, the Good Shepherd.
Table – a small side table in church
on which is kept the vessels for the Eucharist before
they are used at the altar.
– a summary of the Christian Faith. See The
Nicene Creed and the Apostles’ Creed.
The – although initially used as
a form of torture and punishment in ancient Roman
Times, Christ has transformed it into an image of
his love and salvation. Christ was nailed to a cross,
between two criminals on the hill outside Jerusalem
– an horrific form of execution that was used
widely in the Ancient Roman world. People were tied
or fastened to a cross shaped structure. Sometimes,
they were left there for days. In the Gospels, we
are told that Jesus was nailed to a cross on which
Dalmatic – the outer garment/vestment worn
by deacons at the Eucharist.