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Acolyte One who assists at the R.C. services by lighting candles etc.
Agnostic
 One who believes that man can have no knowledge of God but only of natural phenomena
Aisle A passage between the pews in a church
Apostate One who renounces his religious vows or forsakes his religious principles
Archdeacon
 A clergyman next in rank after a Bishop
Atheist
 One who does not believe in the existence of God
Aureole
 The circle of light seen in pictures around the head of Jesus Christ, the Virgin Mary, and the Saints
Bigot
 One intolerantly devoted to a particular creed
Blaspheme
 To utter profane language against God or anything holy
Canopy
 A rich covering borne over a priest in procession
Cassock
 A long loose gown worn by priests and choristers
Cathedral The principal church in the diocese
Celebrant The priest officiating at the Holy Communion
Censer A vessel for burning incense
Chalice The cup used in the Eucharist
Chancel
 The eastern end of a church
Chapel
 A portion of a large church or public institution set apart with an altar of its own where services can be held tor a small number of people
Chaplain
 A Clergyman assigned to a regiment, a warship, prison or public institution
Chorister One who sings in the choir
Clergy The body of ministers ordained for the work in the Christian church
Cope A cloak-like vestment worn by priests at processions or solemn ceremonies
Crosier A Bishop's staff
Crypt A chapel or vault beneath a church usually used for the burial of the dead
Deacon
 One in the lowest degree of Holy orders in the Anglican Church
Dean The Head of a Cathedral
Diocese The district under the jurisdiction of a bishop
Encyclical A letter from the Pope to Roman Catholics all over the world
Font The vessel or basin containing water for baptism
Glebe The land furnishing part of the church revenue
Heresy Holding opinions contrary to the true doctrine of the church so as to cause a division
Iconoclast A breaker of church images or ornaments
Intinction The method of administering Holy Communion in both kinds by dipping the bread into the wine
Laity The people, as distinct from the clergy
Lectern A reading desk from which the scriptures are read
Matins
 Morning service of the Anglican Church
Missionary One who goes to heathen countries to spread the Gospel of Christ
Mitre A Bishop's cap
Monotheist One who believes in a single God, e.g. a Christian
Nave The central or main part of a church
Offertory The money given by the congregation at a church service
Ordination The ceremony at which a man takes Holy Orders and becomes a priest
Polytheist One who believes in many Gods
Presbytery, manse, vicarage, rectory The residence of a priest or minister or vicar
Proselyte One who is converted from one religion to another
Pulpit The stand from which a preacher delivers sermons
Rochet
 A vestment like a surplice worn by bishops
Sacrilege Violating or profaning religious things
Sexton One who has charge of a church building
Stipend
 The salary of a clergyman
Surplice A loose white vestment with full sleeves worn over the cassock
Synod A council of clergymen
Verger One who leads people to their seats in a church
Vespers, evensong Evening service
Vestments The garments of parsons and choristers
Vestry A room attached to the church in which vestments are kept and in which church officials meet

 

 

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