– the Sacramental rite that admits someone
into the Church. It involves immersion in water
- though more often water is poured three times
over the person’s head ‘In the Name
of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.’
Promises – these are the promises
made at our baptism. If a child is too young to
make the promises themselves then they are made
by the parents and godparents. Three promises are
made. First, to renounce the devil and fight against
evil. Second, to believe the Christian Faith and
put our whole trust in Christ as our Lord and Saviour.
Third, to obey God’s holy will and commandments
and serve him faithfully all the days of our life.
of Jesus – this marks the beginning
of Jesus’ public ministry. Jesus was baptised
by John the Baptist in the River Jordan. We celebrate
the Baptism of Christ in the Epiphany Season because,
like the Epiphany, it is a manifestation or revelation
of who Jesus is. At Jesus’ Baptism there is
a voice from heaven, ‘This is my beloved Son,
in whom I am well pleased. Listen to him.’
Church – a church whose distinguishing
feature is that it does not believe in infant baptism.
Only adults can be baptised and this is usually
done by fully immersing the candidate in the water.
– These are Christ’s promise of blessings
in the Sermon on the Mount (in Matthew 5:1-11) and
the Sermon the Plain (in Luke 6:20-22). In Matthew
they are more spiritual in nature, whereas in Luke
they are related more to practical or social conditions.
The Beatitudes describe the qualities expected of
us as followers of Jesus. See also Sermon on the
– Benedict (480 – 550) has been called
the Father of Western Monasticism. Little is know
about his life. He lived as a hermit for a while
but he later founded a Religious Community (establishing
twelve monasteries) and wrote a Rule of Life. He
is a very influential figure for modern day Religious
– there are two meanings to this word in Christian
worship. The first is ‘Blessing.’ (See
Blessing) The second refers to a liturgical devotion
of the Reserved Sacrament. The Host (the bread of
the Eucharist) is placed in an item called a Monstrance
and is worshipped as the body of Christ and then
the priest blesses the people by making the sign
of the cross with the host. It is more common in
the Roman Catholic Church, but is also a devotion
in many areas of the Anglican Church. (See also
Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and Monstrance)
– members of a Religious Order who follow
the Rule of St Benedict.
– The Bible is the record of God’s revelation
of himself, through his people Israel, and above
all, in his Son, Jesus Christ. The Bible was given
to us by the Holy Spirit, who first inspired and
guided the writers, and then led the church to accept
their writing as Holy Scripture. The Bible is divided
into two sections: the Old Testament and the New
Testament. There are 66 books in the Bible (39 in
the Old Testament and 27 in the New Testament)
– the highest order of ministers in the Christian
Church. The word bishop comes from the Greek word
episcopus. Bishops are the successors of the Apostles.
In addition to everything that priests do, they
also are able to ordain and confirm.
Sacrament – a phrase used to describe
the consecrated bread and wine of the Eucharist,
the Body and Blood of Christ.
Virgin Mary – a title given to Mary,
reflecting her blessedness as being chosen to be
the mother of Jesus. It also refers to her being
a Virgin when Jesus was conceived.
– a blessing is the declaration of God’s
favour. God is the one who is fully blessed because
he is full of goodness and it’s from him that
we receive everything that’s good. In giving
us his blessing, God is declaring his own goodness.
In turn, we bless God by praising, thanking and
worshipping him. When we bless others we call upon
God’s help for them. We can also ask God to
bless created things because through them God blesses
of the Gospels – this is a book of
Gospel Readings used in the Eucharist. It’s
carried in procession by the Deacon (or priest)
at the beginning of the Eucharist. During the liturgy
of the Word, the Deacon (or priest) carries the
Book of the Gospels in procession to the lectern,
where it is read. The book is often decorated.
of Bread – a phrase used to describe
the Holy Eucharist. Also, it is a part of the Holy
Eucharist accompanied by the singing or saying of
‘Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the
world’ when the bread of the Eucharist is
broken in order to share. It follows the actions
of Jesus at the last Supper who took bread, blessed
it, broke it and shared it.