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RC Vocab

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Communion
Reception of the Eucharist (Body & Blood of Christ)
Homily (sermon)
Preaching the word of God by the Clergy.
INRI
An abbreviation for the Latin term meaning "Jesus of Nazareth King of Jews"
Dalmatic
Deacon Vestments
Exequies
Liturgy of the dead.
Ecclesiastic
of the church or clergy.
Genuflect
The act of bending the knee is an indication of reverence or as an act of humility.
Sacrament of the SIck (last sacrament)
In the Roman Catholic faith, a sacrament given to those seriously ill or in deanger of death. To prepare their souls for eternity.
Crucifix
A cross with a figure / image, represents the body of Christ (Corpus Christi) on it.
Kiss of Pease
Mutual embrace
Brother
In the Roman Catholic Faith, a man who is a member of a religious order without being ordained, or while preparing for ordination.
Cassock (Alb)
A garment reaching the ankles. Black owrn by secular priests (white in the tropics) Purple worn by bishops, Red worn by cardinals, White worn by pope
Corporal
A cloth upon which the eucharist is placed.
Breaking of the Bread
Fractioning of the altar-breads before the communion
Agnus Dei
Lamb of God.
Chasuble (Casula)
Outer garment worn by a priest during a Mass
Acclamation
Peoples response, in liturgical worship.
Epistle Side
The side of the chancel containing the lectern from which the Old Testament and Epistle lessons are read.
Absolution
Sacramental remission of sin.
Final Commendation
The ending portion of the funeral mass
Diocese
A geographical grouping pf parishes under the jurisdiction of a bishop.
Incense
A mixture of various resins burned to produce pleasant odor, used in church rituals
Alleluia
Praise ye God
Brandeun
A cloth that has been laid upon the grave of a saint, and then used as a substitute for a relic.
Cemetery
An area of ground set aside and dedicated for the final disposition of dead human bodies.
Entrance Rite
Approach of the celebrant and his assistants to public worship.
Consecrated Grounds
Grounds set aside for a special purpose, blessed by the clergy
Concelebration
Corporate Celebration of the same mass by several priests.
Deacon
In the Roman Catholic Faith, a member of the clerical order (clergy) just below a priest.
Holy Water
Consecrated (blessed) water
Crypt
A chamber or vault; a chamber in a mausoleum, of sufficient size, generally used to contain the casketed remains of a deceased person.
Corpus Christi
From the Latin meaning "Body of Christ"
Amice
Shoulder cloth. Rectangular linen cloth (30"x20") worn under alb.
Ablution / Abluere
Rinsing of the mouth, Eucharistic vessels & fingers after touching the sacred host.
Chapel
A building / designated area of a building in which services are conducted. May contain an altar.
Archbishop
The head of the archdiocese
Christian Wake
A prayer service
Gospel
Literally means "Good Tidings"
Apse (Apsis)
Semicircle end of presbytery.
Chant
The singing / intoning of all liturgical portions of a service
Eucharist
Body and Blood of Christ (consecrated remains of holy communion)
Ambo
A raised place between the sanctuary and the nave. For readings of lessons/sermons.
Celebrant
The officiant who celebrates the Mass in teh Roman Catholic Church
Altar (Altaria)
An elevated place (altar) structure on which sacrifices are offered or at which religious rites are performed; in the Christian faith, a table on which the Eucharist or Holy Communion is offered.
Burial
Earth Interment
Cope
Semi circle cloak reaching the feet and provided with a hood.
Cross
A religious emblem consisting of two plain bars wich intersect at right abgles to each other
Christian Burial Certificate (Priest lines/Christian Burial Permit)
A letter or form from a priest stating the eligibility of the deceased for funeral rites according to the laws of the church.
Chrism
Holy Oil
Funeral Liturgy
The name of the funeral service in the Roman Catholic church (formerly called Funeral Mass/Mass of Christian Burial)
Chalice (Calix)
A vessel in which wine is consecrated at Mass. Composed of the cuppa (cup), nodus (stem), and bas (foot)
Bishop
The head of a territorial unit of the church
Alb/ Tunica Alba
White undergarment of lined, reaching to the feet.
Asperges
Holy Water
Chancel
The place about the altar of the church, usually enclosing the clergy and other officials. one of the 2 main areas of the church, the other being in the nave
Communion Paten
A flat plate held under the chin at communion
Ceremonies
Sacred Place of Worship
Communion Chant
The chant that accompanies the distribution of communion.
Cantor
Precentor; leads congregational responsorial hymns & psalms.
Host
The consecrated blessing of the Eucharist
Commentator (precentor)
A layperson who leads prayer and/or reads scripturs
Acolyte
Altar server (altar attendant)
Amen
So be it - Let it Happen.
Bow
An inclination of the body made while standing during liturgical prayer.
Cardinal
A dignity conferred upon bishops or priests making them princes of the Church.
IHS
the first 3 letters in the Greek word for Jesus
Crucifier
One who carries the crucifixin religious processions

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