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Lamb of God – in the Jewish religion, lambs were sacrificed to God. Jesus was called the Lamb of God by John the Baptist, because Jesus is the one who is sacrificed for us. We use the words, Lamb of God, you take way the sins of the world, have mercy on us…’ during the Eucharist - during or after the breaking of bread.

Last Judgement – by this we mean that at Christ’s coming in glory all of us will have to explain our lives to Go, who will condemn and destroy all that is evil and bring us to the joy of the Lord. God’s judgement is always accompanied by love and mercy.

Lay person – generally used of people who aren’t ordained. However, the word come from the Greek ‘laos’ referring to the whole people of God.

Laying on of hands – Its used in the Old Testament as a way of blessing and followed by Christ who used it in working miracles, and in the Church. The Apostles and early church used it in Confirmation and in Ordination. It’s also used in the ministry of Healing

Lectern – an item of furniture in Church from which the Bible is read in public worship

Lectionary – a book containing extracts of Scripture appointed to be read at public worship.

Legilium – another word for a lectern from where the word of God is proclaimed.

Lent - the period of preparation before Easter. There are forty days of Lent, excluding the Sundays. It is appropriate as a time for preparation for the rites of Christian Initiation (Baptism) at Easter.

Litany – a type of prayer with a series of different petitions to God with a fixed response to be said or sung by the people

Liturgical Calendar – the calendar of the church with the dates of important days of celebration.

Liturgical Colours – a sequence of colours for different seasons of the Church’s year for vestments and other objects. The colours used are green, white, red and purple.

Liturgical Music – the music used for the liturgy of the Church In Wales.

Liturgy – the ordered worship of the church.

Liturgy of the Word – the part of the Eucharist when we listen to the Scriptures. On a Sunday and major feasts there are usually three readings: Old Testament, New Testament and Gospel Reading. There is also a Psalm

Last Supper – on the night he was betrayed Jesus sat down with his disciples in an Upper Room to celebrate the Jewish Passover. He gave them bread and said, ‘Take eat, this is my body.’ He gave them wine and said, ‘Take, drink, this is my blood.’ This is the beginning of the Holy Eucharist.

Lay Preacher - in the Anglican Church, a Lay Preacher is someone who is not ordained but who has the authority to preach

Lord’s Prayer – when Jesus was asked by his disciples to teach them to pray, he gave this prayer.

Lord’s Supper – the name given by some to describe the Holy Eucharist

Lourdes – a famous French place of pilgrimage where in 1858 a 14 year old peasant girl had visions of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Love – For Christians this is what determines everything that God does and everything that should determine how we respond to him. In the letter of St John, we read that we love because God first loved us. Love, in this sense, is not just an emotion or a simple affection of someone of something. Jesus gave us a new commandment to love as he has loved us. Jesus shows us how to love.

Luke, St – the writer of the third Gospel and the Acts of the Apostles. He accompanied St Paul on his second Missionary Journey. He is often represented as an ox.