St - there are several different James’s
in the New Testament. James was one of the Apostles,
and the brother of St John
– this is a form of the Hebrew name for God
– which is more properly translated ‘Yahweh’
Witness – a sect of American origin.
They are not in communion with any mainstream Christian
church. They deny the doctrine of the Trinity and
believe that only members of their sect will inherit
the Kingdom of God.
– an important city for Jews, Christians and
Muslims. It’s important to Christians because
it’s the place of Christ’s death and
Resurrection and the birth of the Church.
– this name, which in Hebrew is Joshua,
means literally Jehovah (the Lord) saves. By God’s
command (Luke 1:31; Matthew 1:21) it is the name
given to the infant Christ, the saviour of humankind.
Christ – The Church teaches that
the God the Father sent his Son to reconcile the
world to himself. He was made a human being and
died for our sins; he was raised from death and
lifted up to the throne of God, and that he will
come again as a our judge and saviour.
Prayer – a popular prayer of the
Eastern Orthodox Church with the simple repetition
of the words, ‘Jesus, Son of God, have mercy
on me, a sinner.’
St – one of the twelve apostles,
and whose name is attributed to the fourth gospel,
three letters and the final book of the Bible. His
is symbolized by an eagle.
the Baptist, St – He is the one who
prepared the way for Jesus. He preached a baptism
of repentance for forgiveness of sins. Jesus came
to him at the River Jordan to be baptised. He was
arrested and beheaded by Herod.
St – the husband of Mary and foster
father of Jesus. He was engaged to Mary and when
he heard about Mary’s pregnancy he was going
to divorce her quietly. But he was told by God in
a dream that he should marry her. After the stories
about Jesus’ birth and childhood, we don’t
hear anything more about St Joseph, which has led
many to think that he had died by this time.
– see Last Judgement