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Paschal Candle

A large candle that is a special symbol of the presence of Christ.

Passion Play

A genre of the Miracle Play depicting the sufferings and death of Our Lord.


The Congregation of the Passion of Jesus Christ founded in 1720 by St. Paul of the Cross.


Derived from the Latin word meaning shepherd. The title given to the priest in charge of a particular parish.


A round disk used to hold the Host at Offertory and after the Consecration during the celebration of Mass.


A patriarch's office, see, reign, or the territory he governs.

Patron Saints

Those who have been chosen by election, or assigned by a venerable tradition, as a special intercessor with God and the proper advocate of a particular locality, and is honored by clergy and people with a particular form of religious observation.

St. Paul

The apostle of the Gentiles, one of the greatest Christian missionaries, he was born in Tarsus in Cilicia of a Jewish family.


The practice of exchanging a greeting of peace and unity after the Lord's prayer.

Pectoral Cross

A small cross worn on the breast by the Pope, cardinals, bishops, and abbots as a mark of their offices.

Sacrament of Penance

The sacrament by which sins committed after Baptism are forgiven by the absolution of a priest.

People of God

A name for the Church as it constitutes a people with Christ as its head, the Holy Spirit as its condition of its unity, the law of love as its rule, and the kingdom of God as its destiny.


"Fivefold." The Greek name for the first five books of the Bible.

Perpetual Adoration

The continued adoration of the Blessed Sacrament for 24 hours a day in certain chapels in religious communities.

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