– In the wider use of the word, Saints
are all the believers. But in a narrower sense they
are people who have shown great holiness, and who
are a great example for others to follow.
de Compostela – Compostela is a city
in the North-West of Spain. The word ‘Santiago’
means St James, and it’s believed that it
is the burial place of St James the Apostle. It
is a place of pilgrimage for people from all over
– a sacrament is the use of material things
as signs and pledges of God’s grace, and thorough
which we receive his gifts. Christ appointed two
sacraments for his Church: Baptism and Eucharist,
and there are five other Sacramental rites: Confirmation,
Ordination, Holy Matrimony, Ministry of Absolution,
and the Ministry of Healing.
– being saved. Christians believe that Jesus
gives us Salvation through his death and resurrection.
– the part of a church building that
contains the altar
– a word to describe an important Religious
Text. The Christian Scriptures are found in the
– the word used to describe a college
where people prepare and are trained to be priest
– usually only used in Roman Catholic Church.
– in public worship the priest or
other minister explains the Scriptures to us and
how they relate to our everyday experience
on the Mount – this refers to Jesus’
words in Matthew 5 –7 that give the basis
of how to live as Christian. In it there are 8 Beatitudes
and the Lord’s Prayer. A similar teaching
is given in Luke 6:20-49 but known as the Sermon
on the Plain.
– refers to a special or holy place, especially
connected with pilgrimages
of the Cross – the cross is an important
symbol for Christians and many Christians often
make the sign of the cross. This means that they
will trace a cross over themselves. The cross can
also be traced on our forehead, lips, etc
– In the Gospel according to Luke he is the
man who has been promised by God that he will not
die until he sees the One who is to save the world,
Jesus. When Mary and Joseph present Jesus in the
Temple, Simeon greets them and Jesus and declares
that ‘At last now he can go in peace for he
has seen the Salvation promised.’ See also
Candlemas and Nunc Dimittis
– although the universe is good because God
has created it, we often spoil things by doing wrong
or selfish things, by saying bad things, etc. This
is what we mean by sin. It is something that spoils
the goodness of God’s Creation.
Action – this means taking action
for people in Society, no matter what their race,
religion or colour. It means working for justice
and fairness for all people. It means putting our
faith into action.
– another phrase for Godparents – especially
for older children and young people or adults. They
are Christians who support and encourage those preparing
for Christian Initiation
Glass Windows – Many churches have
coloured windows of stained glass. Many of these
depict stories of Jesus and the Saints. As well
as being a form of decoration, they tell us important
things about the Christian Faith – and so
were important in times when few people could read.
– many church buildings have statues of Jesus
or the Saints.
of the Cross – a devotion where people
make the journey that Jesus made when he carried
his cross to Golgotha (See Via Doloroasa). Traditionally,
there are fifteen Stations. Christians stop along
the way and think about different moments of Jesus
suffering and death. Many churches have pictures
around the walls representing these stations.
– the income that a minister receives from
the Church to make their ministry available without
them having to earn their own wage. See also Non
– a coloured ‘scarf like’ garment
worn by Ordained Ministers. It is the priest’s
mark of authority. Priests wear the stole around
the neck with the ends falling straight down in
front. The Deacons wears a stole in a different
way, like a sash over this or her left shoulder
and fastened under the right arm. reflecting the
towel that Jesus tied around his waist to wash his
apostles feet at the Last Supper.
– See Water Stoop
– The chief day of public worship as our weekly
celebration of Easter Sunday, the day on which Jesus
rose from the dead. It is the first day of the week.
– A symbol is something that represents something
greater or points us to something greater. Symbols
are used a lot in the Church. For example, some
common symbols are a cross, fish.
– this is a formal meeting of bishops and
other representatives from the churches for a special