– religious paintings of Christ or the Saints
that are very common in the Eastern Orthodox Church
but are now popular in the Western Church.
– the belief that, in Jesus, God took became
a human being in the womb of Mary and was born into
the human situation, to experience human life and
death and to show us how to live.
– incense is used in many religions. The smoke
symbolizes our prayer rising to God. It was used
in the worship of the Jewish Temple and references
are made to it in the book of Revelation. This may
suggest that it was used in early Christian worship,
too. It’s often used in public worship in
an item called a thurible - in order to incense
the altar, church, people, etc.
– a name commonly given to the Prayer of the
Faithful in the Eucharist. Intercession is any kind
of prayer on behalf and for others.
dialogue – this means the different
religions of the world talking to each other so
that we can understand each other and help people
to be tolerant of each other
– the religion founded by Mohammed. The word
means submission to the will of God. A follower
of Islam is called a Muslim. It’s beliefs
are found in the Koran and the Sunna and contains
Arabian, Jewish and Christian elements. Muslims
believe that Jesus was a prophet.
Community – an ecumenical community
of men and women on the Island of Iona. Iona is
a small Island of the Inner Hebrides. St Columba
founded a monastery there in the sixth century and
it became the centre of Celtic Christianity. The
present day Iona Community was founded in 1938 by
Rev’d George Macleod (a Church of Scotland
Minister). The Community is committed to seeking
new ways of living the Gospel of Jesus Christ in
today’s world. www.iona.org.uk