Un Diccionario Episcopal de la Iglesia

Aaronic Blessing

Prayer of blessing drawn from Nm 6:24-26. An optional blessing at the close of An Order of Worship for the Evening (BCP, p. 114). The…
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Abbess

Female leader or superior of a religious community, usually a community following the Benedictine Rule. In community matters, the abbess has the same authority as…
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Abbey

A monastic community of religious persons along with the buildings of the community. The abbey consists of monks ruled by an abbot, or of nuns…
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Abbot

Male leader or superior of a religious community. The title is derived from the Latin abbas or the Aramaic abba, «Father.» The abbot functions as…
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Abjuration

A solemn renunciation of any belief, thing, or person to which one was previously loyal. This formal retraction of errors, made before witnesses, often concerned…
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Ablutions

Liturgical and ceremonial cleaning of the paten and chalice with water, or with water and wine, following the communion of the people at the Holy…
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Absolution

The formal act by a bishop or priest of pronouncing God’s forgiveness of sins through Jesus Christ. The absolution of sins reflects the ministry of…
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Acclamation

A salutation or greeting in the opening dialogue of the eucharistic liturgy arranged by versicle and response and varied according to the liturgical season. The…
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Acolyte

In contemporary Anglicanism, a general term which covers not only servers, torchbearers, and lighters of candles but also crucifers, thurifers, and banner-bearers. Acolytes are mentioned…
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Adams, William

(July 3, 1813-Jan. 2, 1897). One of the founders of Nashotah House, he was born in Monaghan, Ireland, and received his B.A. in 1836 from…
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Addison, James Thayer

(Mar. 21, 1887-Feb. 13, 1953). A leader and authority in overseas missionary work, Addison was born in Fitchburg, Massachusetts, and received his B.A. from Harvard…
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Adiaphora

From the Greek, «things indifferent,» matters which can be accepted or rejected without prejudice to belief. Such practices or beliefs may be tolerated or permitted,…
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Adonai

A Hebrew word literally meaning «my lord,» or simply «lord.» It is frequently used in the OT to refer to human lords. However, in the…
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Adoptionism

The teaching that Jesus was born an «ordinary man» who lived an exemplary life pleasing to God and was consequently «adopted» by God as the…
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Adoration

An expression of supreme love and worship for God alone. Adoration, one of the six principal kinds of prayer, «is the lifting up of the…
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Advent

The first season of the church year, beginning with the fourth Sunday before Christmas and continuing through the day before Christmas. The name is derived…
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Advent Wreath

A circle of greenery, marked by four candles that represent the four Sundays of the season of Advent. An additional candle is lit as each…
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Advowson

The right to appoint a member of the clergy to a parish or other ecclesiastical benefice. The term also means the patronage of a church…
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Aelred

(1109-Jan. 12, 1167). The son of a Saxon priest in Hexham, Northumberland, England, Aelred was a Cistercian monk at the abbey of Rievaulx who became…
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Affirmation of St. Louis, the

A statement adopted by the St. Louis Congress, called by the Fellowship of Concerned Churchmen, Sept. 14-16, 1977. The Affirmation stated the basis for the…
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Affusion

A method of administering baptism by pouring water over the head of the candidate. Baptism may also be administered by immersion of the candidate. This…
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African Mission School

Mission school for training African American Episcopal clergy and laypersons for work in Africa, especially Liberia. It opened on Oct. 6, 1828, in Hartford, Connecticut.…
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Afro-American Churchman

This periodical was established by George F. Bragg in 1886 at Petersburg, Virginia. It was published from 1886 until 1888. Beginning in 1889 it became…
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Agape

Selfless Christian love. Agape reflects the love of God, and it is the kind of love that Christians are called to share with one another.…
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Agnes

(d. 304). A martyr for the faith, Agnes died at the age of twelve in Rome during the persecution under the Emperor Diocletian. She is…
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Agnus Dei

Latin for «Lamb of God.» The fraction anthem «Lamb of God» is based on Jn 1:29, and may be used in the celebration of the…
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