– the name given to the visitors from the
East who presented gifts of Gold, Frankinsence and
Myrrh to the infant Jesus (Matthew 2:1-12). They
are often commonly called Wise Men and Kings. They
were the first Gentiles to believe in Christ.
– the words used by Mary after she has heard
the news that she has been chosen to be the mother
of Jesus and shares the news with her cousin Elizabeth.
It has become a favourite song of the Church –
said or sung everyday at Evening Prayer. The word
‘Magnificat’ comes from the opening
words of Mary, ‘My soul magnifies the Lord.’
– see Matrimony, Holy
St – the author of the second Gospel,
although it was the first to be written. He is known
as an evangelist. He features in the Acts of the
Apostles as a the cousin of Barnabbas, whom he accompanied
on a mission to Cyprus He also accompanied St Paul
and St Barnabbas on their first missionary journey
but turned back. He is also associated with St Peter
as his interpreter.
– someone who dies for their faith.
The first Christian Martyr was Stephen. His death
was over-seen by Paul before he became a Christian,
when he was known as Saul. (Acts 7: 54ff)
St – the mother of Jesus. See also
Blessed Virgin Mary
– a name given to the Holy Eucharist
St – one of the twelve apostles and
to whom the first Gospel is attributed. Is he known
as a former Tax Collector.
Holy – the life long union, given
by God, between a man and a woman. Christians make
their vows before God and the Church, and receive
the grace and blessing of God to help them fulfil
Thursday – the day on which Jesus
celebrated the Passover and gave us the Eucharist.
It is the night when he was betrayed and arrested.
The day before he died.
– a Mediator is someone who stands
between two groups of people to help negotiate or
perhaps pass things on from one group to another.
In this sense, Christ is the mediator between God
and Humanity – because he stands between us
and the Father. It is through Jesus that we have
access to the Father, and it’s through Jesus
that God pours his love into the world
– a Hebrew word that means ‘the anointed
one.’ It is translated into the Greek word
for ‘Christ.’ In the Jewish Faith the
Messiah was the one who was expected to come and
Church – The Methodist Churches grew
out of the ministry of Charles and John Wesley,
two priests of the Church of England, in the eighteenth
– In it’s wider sense this means representing
Christ and his church and is the responsibility
of all Christians. We are called to bear witness
to Christ wherever we are. In it’s narrower
sense, it may mean a particular role that we have
within the Church.
– a miracle can be described as something
that happens due to the intervention or involvement
– the mission of the Church is to be God’s
instrument in the world to….
– the hat worn by bishops that represents
the flames of fire that rested on the Apostles’
head at Pentecost. It reminds us that bishops are
successors of the Apostles.
– the place where male members of a Religious
Order (i.e. monks) live.
– a male member of a Religious Order
– a vessel into which is placed the host (the
bread) from the Eucharist for people to see and
worship. Common in the Roman Catholic Church and
also known in some areas of the Anglican Church.
Prayer – the ordered prayer of the
Church, which form part of a whole series of prayer
for different times of the day, called The Divine
– a common art form often found in many churches,
where the picture is made up of individual coloured
– the founder and lawgiver of Israel. According
to the Book of Exodus he was born in Egypt when
the life Hebrew children was threatened by the Egyptians.
He was hidden in a basket and rescued by Pharaoh’s.
After living the life of a shepherd, he was called
By God to rescue the people of Israel from Slavery
and was given the Law (ten Commandments) by God
on Mount Sinai
of Olives – this is the highest point
in the range of hills East of Jerusalem and was
a place that Jesus went to on many occasions. He
was met here by the crowd on Palm Sunday and it’s
from here that he ascended into heaven. Near the
foot of the Mount of Olives is the Garden of Gethsemane,
where Jesus was arrested.