Ecclesiastical Terms

Christianity is an institution of extraordinary duration and complexity (not to mention insularity) and, over the past 2000 years, has developed its own extensive vocabulary that is largely incomprehensible to laypersons. This surprisingly large list contains 445 obscure terms relating to Christian churches, priests, prayers, objects, and other interesting terms. Many of these terms are used only in specific Christian denominations (especially Anglican, Roman Catholic, and Eastern Orthodox), and may not be applicable to others. Others are obsolete or obsolescent, and are not well-known even among the clergy. Please note that I am not a religious person and am unable to answer specific questions about any of the definitions below (except as regards their etymology, perhaps). For such information, consult your local minister, priest, or similar churchy folk.

Phrontistery dictionary. 2013.

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  • Ecclesiastical courts — Civil, common law and canon law were different legal systems co existing uncomfortably; some way had to be found to permit coexistence. From the 12c, the *clergy had a privilege of belonging to the jurisdiction of the ecclesiastical courts. By… …   Dictionary of Medieval Terms and Phrases

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  • Ecclesiastical Feasts —     Ecclesiastical Feasts     † Catholic Encyclopedia ► Ecclesiastical Feasts     (Lat. Festum; Gr. heorte).     Feast Days, or Holy Days, are days which are celebrated in commemoration of the sacred mysteries and events recorded in the history… …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • Ecclesiastical Architecture — • All ecclesiastical architecture may be said to have been evolved from two distinct germ cells, the oblong and the circular chamber Catholic Encyclopedia. Kevin Knight. 2006. Ecclesiastical Architecture     Ecclesiastic …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • Ecclesiastical Censures —     Ecclesiastical Censures     † Catholic Encyclopedia ► Ecclesiastical Censures     Medicinal and spiritual punishments imposed by the Church on a baptized, delinquent, and contumacious person, by which he is deprived, either wholly of in part …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • Ecclesiastical Latin — Church Latin Christian Latin Latina ecclesiastica Latinitas ecclesiastica Latinitas Christiana Latinitas ecclesiae Latinitas Christianorum Spoken in Never spoken as a native language; other uses vary widely by period and location Region In …   Wikipedia

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  • Ecclesiastical Privileges —     Ecclesiastical Privileges     † Catholic Encyclopedia ► Ecclesiastical Privileges     Ecclesiastical privileges are exceptions to the Law made in favour of the clergy or in favour of consecrated and sacred objects and places.     I.     The… …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • Ecclesiastical Discipline —     Ecclesiastical Discipline     † Catholic Encyclopedia ► Ecclesiastical Discipline     Etymologically the word discipline signifies the formation of one who places himself at school and under the direction of a master. All Christians are the… …   Catholic encyclopedia

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