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Liturgy
A written order of service laid out by for the vicar to say and the congregation to recite
Ritual
An action, repeated regularly in the same way, that has important symbolic meaning
The 1662 Book of Common Prayer
The oldest Anglican version of a liturgy
The ministry of the word
A series of readings and prayers in church, with the vicar's sermon as its climax
The Ministry of the sacrament
A series of prayers in church with the Eucharist or communion as its climax
Lectionary
A list of set Bible passages to be read out over the course of a year or more
The sermon
A speech in which the vicar instructs and encourages the congregation
Confession
A formal admission of one's sins accompanied by repentance, often to a priest
Repentance
Deliberately turning away from sin with sorrow
Absolution
Forgiveness usually pronounced by priest or vicar
Consecration
The act of making something holy through ritual e.g. vicar makes the bread and wine holy
Liturgical worship
Worship that follows a precise order of events and words usually as prescribed in a liturgy
Nonliturgical worship
Worship that does not follow a precise order of events and words spoken
Rosary beads
Roman catholic prayer beads used for private prayer
Icon
Devotional pictures of the holy family/Jesus/saints used in the Eastern Orthodox church
Sacrament
In the words of Saint Augustine (354-430 CE) are visible form of gods invisible grace (mercy)
Baptism
The sacrament of admission into the Christian church almost always with the use of water
Font
A fixed container for the water used in baptism in a church building
The Baptists
And example of a denomination the practices adult baptism
The baptistry
A pool built into the floor for adult baptism
Infant dedication
The naming ceremony for a baby in the Baptist denomination. No water is used
The Eucharist
Ritual re-enactment of the last supper, the final meal shared by Jesus and his disciples before his crucifixion
transubstantiation
The Roman Catholic idea that the bread and wine actually become the body and blood of Jesus in consecration.
transubstantiation
The Roman Catholic idea that the bread and wine actually become the body and blood of Jesus in consecration.
Prayer
A solemn request for help or expression of thanks addressed to God or another deity (god).
Grace
A short prayer of thanks said before or after a meal, or the blessing first written down in 2 Corinthians 13.14
Praying in the spirit
Occurs in Charismatic worship where the believer is supposedly and prays by means of that possession by the Holy Spirit
glossolalia
Speaking in tongues
Meditational Prayers
Usually repeated prayers, sometimes with a religious artefact, that helps the worshipper to focus on God
Pilgrimage
A journey, especially a long one, made to some sacred place as an act of religious devotion (eg, Lourdes, Jerusalem, Walsingham and Rome).
Advent
A time of preparation for Christmas, and begins four weeks before Christmas
Lent
Marks Jesus' 40 days in the wilderness. Christians consider their failings of the past year and deny themselves luxuries
Maundy (command') Thursday
Commemorates when Jesus commanded the disciples to love one another
Good Friday
The Friday of Holy Week when Jesus was crucified,
Confirmation
A ceremony in which the promises made for the child at baptism are now confirmed by the child (or adult) herself
the committal"
The service at the graveside
crematorium
A place where the person is cremated
Evangelism
Comes from the Latin evangelium (good news) and means trying to persuade others of the truth of Christianity
Mission
Comes from the Latin missio (to send off) and relates to a person being sent somewhere to preach the gospel.
Rice Christians'
Christians supposedly converted by missionaries on the promise of some material reward.
Mission Stations'
A building in which a missionary lived and worked and where converts could come to be healed or to live.
Tracts
Small booklets.
Televangelism
Evangelism through the medium of television
The Charismatic movement
Stresses that worship should be joyful, inspired by the Holy Spirit, and largely spontaneous.
House Church Christianity
Christian worship centred in people's houses.
Ecumenism/The Ecumenical Movement
The concern among Christians for the unity of the Church and of all created things in Christ.
Oikumene
A Greek word which means "The inhabited Earth."
"Unity not uniformity"
The catchphrase of the ecumenical movement.
The World Council of Churches
A fellowship of Churches that aims to promote dialogue between the denominations. Founded in 1948,
Churches Together in England
Along with Churches Together in Britain and Treland one of the two key ecumenical organisations in Britain today
Taizé
A community of monks in South-Eastern France, which can be visited by people who are members of any Church or religion, or none.
Christian Aid
A Christian charity. The aid and development arm of the British Council of Churches, set up at the end of the Second World War
Christian Aid Week
A week in May in which donation-envelopes are distributed to households. Christian Aid's main fundraiser
Open Doors and Dova International
Two Christian charities that exist principally to support the persecuted church.
Intercessions
Prayers for God to intercede on behalf of another or others