An Episcopal Dictionary of the Church

Glossary of Terms

Young, John Freeman

(Oct. 30, 1820-Nov. 15, 1885). Teacher of liturgics and church music, and Bishop of Florida. He was born in Pittston, Maine. Young attended Wesleyan University, Middletown, Connecticut. He graduated from the Virginia Theological Seminary in 1845. He was ordained deacon on Apr. 20, 1845, and priest on Jan. 11, 1846. Young began his ministry as […]

Zabriskie, Alexander Clinton

(Jan. 21, 1898-June 24, 1956). Priest and educator. He was born in New York City. Zabriskie received his B.A. in 1920 from Princeton University and his B.D. in 1924 from the Virginia Theological Seminary. He was ordained deacon on June 15, 1924, and served at St. John's Church, New York. He was ordained priest on […]

Zebra Book

See Authorized Services (1973), or the “Zebra Book.”


In the eastern liturgical tradition, hot water is added to the chalice after the breaking of the bread to symbolize the descent of the Spirit and the vibrant energy of faith. This practice is known as the zeon. The term is from the Greek for “boiling.”


A skullcap worn by clerics. It is small, round, and its color may reflect the order of ministry of the wearer. It may be worn at the eucharist, but it is removed during the eucharistic canon.

Zurich Consensus

See Protestantism.

Zwingli, Huldreich

(Ulrich) (Jan. 1, 1484-Oct. 11, 1531). The leading Protestant Reformer in German-speaking Switzerland. His receptionist understanding of the eucharist may have had some influence on Thomas Cranmer and subsequent Anglican theology. He was born in Wildhaus, Switzerland. Zwingli received his B.A. in 1504 and his M.A. in 1506, both from the University of Basel. He […]

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