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Dance In Worship Test 1

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Worship
Reverence, devotion or homage to a deity, person or thing. May involve attitudes or actions proper with a worship setting such as prayers, ceremonial readings, interpretations, songs or dance.
Dance
An art form performed by individuals or groups, existing in time, using movement, energy, and space, in which the body is the instrument and movement is the medium.
Sacred Dance
Dance that is holy or set apart for sacred purposes. This term sacred dance may be used when speaking about dances of worship in any faith tradition throughout the world.
Secular Dance
Any type of dance not associated with sacred, religious or spiritual. Of a particular time and place, not set apart.
Liturgical Dance
Dance, movement and gesture used within worship by professional or non-professional dancers for the worship of God. It is intended to add depth and dimension to the spoken or sung text or music within the worship service by use of visual display, as enhancement for the words as they come to life through movement and drama. It may be performed outside of the worship liturgy in other settings, but is usually not intended as entertainment, but for the purpose of worship.
Sacrament
Symbolic Christian ceremony or rite such as baptism or Eucharist; sacraments usually involve or imply a promise or commitment.
Chancel
Most often an elevated level of floor space in the front of a worship sanctuary, where one might find an altar, a communion table or a pulpit.
Nave
Central part of a church or temple, usually from the entry door into the main sanctuary space and excluding the side aisles.
Narthex
The front entrance area of a church or temple, just after you come inside the front doors; a foyer.
Transept
The crossing area between the nave and the chancel where there is space to walk and there are no chairs or pews. Likened to the cross bar near the top of a cross.
Theology
The study of God and of religious doctrine sand matters of divinity. In Greek, Theos means God and logos means word.
Monotheism
Belief that there is only one god (mono = one, theos = god).
Polytheism
Belief in more than one god (poly = many, theos = god).
Ritual
A practice or procedure done at regular intervals.
Seasons of the Christian Church
Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, Lent, Easter, & Pentecost, Ordinary Time.
Rubrics
Direction, explanation, or guidelines for something; worship services often have a prescribed rubrics for worshippers to follow the ritual of worship like a bulletin.
Houses or Locations of Worship
Church, temple, mosque, synagogue, terrerio, shrine, pagoda.
Tripudium
A processional step used in early 12th century Christianity. This Latin word means three steps. Full meaning is three steps forward for human kind's continued forward movement of health and welfare, and one step back for setbacks.
Ballatoria
Dancing pavement in front of or to the west door of the church where mystery and miracle plays were presented during the later medieval period 1100-1400.
Mudras
Symbolic or ritual hand gestures in sacred dances of Hinduism and Buddhism. While some mudras involve the entire body, most are performed with the hands and fingers.
Religion
From an anthropological and sociological point of view, religion could rightly be described as one's response to the exigency of the human condition, which the individual is driven to seek security, status, and permanence by identifying himself with a reality greater, more worthy and more durable than self. Such a definition would cover not only the great ethnic religions, but also prehistoric animistic religions, nature religions, and the ancient mystery religions.
Spiritual
Of the spirit or soul, as distinguished from the body or material matters, sacred; Latin word for spirit is spirare meaning breath, wind or moving air.
Liturgy
Worship of the people, originally from the Greco-Roman word, leitourgia, meaning work of the people.