– the annual celebration of the Resurrection
of Jesus Christ from the dead. The Easter Season
lasts from Easter Sunday to Pentecost.
Proclamation – see Exsultet
Vigil – the most important celebration
of Easter that takes place during the night of Holy
Saturday/Easter Sunday. It consists of four parts:
the lighting of fire and the Easter Candle, a vigil
of Readings, Baptism, the Eucharist.
– a word referring to the church,
from the Greek word, ‘ecclessia.’
– a word used to refer to the working
together for Unity between all believers in Christ.
The word actually comes from a Greek word meaning
‘the whole inhabited world.’
– the cousin of Mary, the mother of John the
– the annual celebration of the visit of the
Magi to Jesus. The word ‘Epiphany’ means
manifestation because it marks the showing of Jesus
to the whole world. The Magi (also popularly known
as wise men or kings) brought gifts of gold, myrrh
– referring to bishops - from the Greek word
Church – refers to churches that
have bishops, but more specifically a title given
to churches within the Anglican Church, such as
the Episcopal Church of Scotland and the Episcopal
Church of the United States.
- a letter. There are various letters (or epistles)
in the New Testament. Many, though not all, of them
were written by St Paul. Some were written to church
communities; others were written to individuals.
Life – Christians believe that we
are made to live with God forever in Christ. Eternal
Life is knowing the God and Father of our Lord Jesus
Christ. Although we know only in part now, one day
we will know God in all his fullness.
– see Holy Eucharist
Prayer – the prayer at the heart
of the Eucharist, where we thank God for all that
he has done, especially through Jesus Christ, and
recall the actions of Jesus at the last supper where
he took bread, blessed it, broke it and shared.
It is sometimes called ‘The prayer of Consecration’
because through this prayer the bread and wine of
the Eucharist are blessed or consecrated to be the
body and blood of Christ.
– ‘a proclaimer of the Gospel.’
In the New Testament it’s used to describe
those who tell others about the good news of Jesus.
In another sense it’s used for the four gospel
writers of the New Testament. Traditionally, the
four evangelists are represented with different
symbols: Matthew as a man, Mark as a lion, Luke
as an ox and John as an eagle.
Prayer – this is one of the ordered
prayers of the day, taking place at the evening
hour. Another name for it is Vespers. Evening Prayer
and other similar services make up what is know
as The Divine Office.
– a name given to Evening Prayer
– The second book of the Bible. It tells of
the exodus – or freedom – of the Jewish
people from the Egyptians by Moses.
– this means expelling evil spirits by means
of prayers and other rites. It was common among
the Jews and pagans and was taken on by the church
after Jesus’ example in the New Testament.
It can only be carried out by authorised priests
with the bishop’s permission. It is also a
phrase used in the rites for those preparing for
baptism. These baptismal exorcisms do not assume
that the person is possessed! They are prayers asking
God to restrain the powers of evil.
of the Blessed Sacrament - in many churches
the consecrated host (the bread that becomes the
body of Christ in the Eucharist) is often shown
for people’s devotion. In some churches, the
host will be placed in a vessel called a monstrance.
The practice is common in Roman Catholic Churches
and also a popular devotion for some Anglicans.
– the Easter Proclamation that is
sung or chanted by the Deacon (or a priest) on Holy
Saturday at the beginning of the Easter Vigil and
after the Easter (or Paschal) Candle has been carried
into the church. The song praises God for the Resurrection
of Christ. A recorded version can be found here: