An Episcopal Dictionary of the Church

Glossary of Terms

Green Season

” See Ordinary Time.

Green, Fred Pratt

(b. Sept. 2, 1903). British Methodist minister and hymn writer. He was born near Liverpool, England, and educated at Huyton High School, Wallasey Grammar School, Rydal School, and Didsbury College, […]

Green, William Mercer

(May 2, 1798-Feb. 13, 1887). Bishop and educator. He was born in Wilmington, North Carolina. Green received his B.A. from the University of North Carolina in 1818. After reading theology […]

Greenfield, Robert Harvie

(Feb. 11, 1925-Apr. 23, 1999). Priest, monk, and Prayer Book reviser. Greenfield was born in Portland, Oregon. He received the B.A. from Reed College in 1949, the M.Litt. from Oxford […]

Greer, David Hummel

(Mar. 20, 1844-May 19, 1919). Bishop and opponent of war. He was born in Wheeling, West Virginia. Greer graduated from Washington College, Washington, Pennsylvania, in 1862. From 1863 until 1866, […]

Gregg, Alexander

(Oct. 8, 1819-July 11, 1893). Bishop and leading supporter of the University of the South. He was born in Society Hill, Darlington District, South Carolina. Gregg received his B.A. from […]

Gregorian Chant

See Plainsong.

Gregory of Nazianzus

(c. 329-389 or 390). Leading trinitarian theologian. He was born at Arianzus in Cappadocia. Gregory succeeded his father as Bishop of Nazianzus and in 379 was elected Bishop of Constantinople. […]

Gregory of Nyssa

(c. 335-c. 395). Theologian and leading defender of the Nicene faith. He was consecrated Bishop of Nyssa in 372. Gregory attended the Second Ecumenical Council at Constantinople in 381, where […]

Gregory the Great

(c. 540-Mar. 12, 604). Sixth-century Pope and Doctor of the Church. He was born in Rome. After serving as prefect of Rome, c. 572-574, Gregory entered the monastery of St. […]

Gregory the Illuminator

(c. 257-c. 332). Bishop and missionary to Armenia. He was born in Valarshapat or possibly Caesarea in Cappadocia. After studying at Caesarea in Cappadocia, he returned to Armenia and converted […]

Grey Book, The

See Kingdom, the Power and the Glory, The.

Griffith, David

(1742-Aug. 3, 1789). Missionary and early leader of the Diocese of Virginia. He was born in New York City. Griffith went to England to study medicine and returned to New […]

Griswold College, Davenport, Iowa

Around 1858 the Rt. Rev. Henry Washington Lee, first Bishop of Iowa, bought the property of Iowa College, Davenport. In 1859 he secured a charter for Griswold College, named for […]

Griswold, Alexander Viets

(Apr. 22, 1766-Feb. 15, 1843). Bishop and evangelist. He was born in Simsbury, Connecticut. He was educated privately by his uncle, a priest. Although he cultivated a small farm as […]

Griswold, Frank Tracy, III

(b. Sept. 18, 1937). Twenty-fifth Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church. He was born in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. Griswold received the A.B. at Harvard in 1959, and he attended the […]

Grosseteste, Robert

(c. 1175-Oct. 1253). Reforming bishop. Very little is known about his early life, except that he had a great interest in science. Later in life he studied theology. On June […]

Groton School

A five-year, coeducational boarding school located forty miles northwest of Boston at Groton, Massachusetts. It was founded in 1884 by Endicott Peabody, an Episcopal priest who wished to imbue Christian […]


A natural or artificial cave. The term is from the Italian for “cavern.” Grottos from natural caves were once seen as dwelling places for gods. A tradition from the second […]

Guardian Angel

See Angel.

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Glossary definitions provided courtesy of Church Publishing Incorporated, New York, NY,(All Rights reserved) from “An Episcopal Dictionary of the Church, A User Friendly Reference for Episcopalians,” Don S. Armentrout and Robert Boak Slocum, editors.