– one of the seven Archangels mentioned in
the Old and New Testaments. He is the one who greets
Mary with the news that she has been chosen to be
the Mother of Jesus. He also tells Zechariah about
the birth of his son, John the Baptist.
– anyone who is not a Jew
of the Spirit - ..... ...... .....
in Excelsis – this is an ancient
hymn of praise used in the Eucharist on Sundays
and Feast days. It begins with the words, ‘Glory
to God in the highest!’
– Christians believe in one God: Father, Son
and Holy Spirit. He is the only One who is worthy
of our worship and praise. There is no-one equal
to him. He is above and beyond us but is also involved
in the world he has created. The Father is the source
of all life and existence. The Son is the object
of the Father’s love and he brings that love
to us in Creation and by saving us from our sins
when he took flesh in the world (Incarnation), died
and rose again. The Spirit is the bond of union
between the Father and the Son and gives us life.
created the heavens and the earth and in Jesus took
flesh from Mary and became a human being to be involved
in the life of our world and to save us from our
sins. The Holy Spirit, who first
– the people who make promises on behalf of
a baby or young child when they are being baptised.
They promise to help the child to grow up in the
Christian Faith, to know Christ and be able to follow
him. God parents should themselves have been baptised.
– the children for whom Godparents have responsibility
to help grow up in the Christian Faith and to follow
Jesus, because they have made promises to God at
– this word means ‘skull’ and
is the hill where Christ was crucified just outside
Jerusalem. It may have been a place of public execution
where the skulls of the executed could be found.
It’s also known as Calvary.
Friday – the day on which we commemorate
and celebrate the suffering and death of Jesus.
Shepherd, The – a title which Jesus
attributes to himself in the Gospel according to
- the word means ‘Good News’ of Jesus.
In this sense, of course, there is, only one Gospel
which is why the four Gospel Books in the New Testament
are called ‘the Gospel according to….’
Procession – in many churches the
reading of the Gospel at the Eucharist is accompanied
by movement and ritual. The Book of the Gospel is
carried by the Deacon (or priest) and accompanied
by candles, and acclaimed by singing Alleluia! The
gospel is then proclaimed from the lectern. Sometimes,
the Gospel is read from the middle of the people.
– this is a word to describe the help that
God gives us. By God’s grace our sins are
forgiven and we are inspired and strengthened through
the power of the Holy Spirit
at Meals – it’s a custom of
many religions to give thanks before and after meals,
and there are some well known prayers for this.
Jesus (John 6:11) and the Apostles (Acts 27:35)
can be seen doing the same. The word ‘Grace’
has been used to describe these prayers.
– a Christian Arts Festival held every year
in August. In recent years it has been held at Cheltenham