An Episcopal Dictionary of the Church

Glossary of Terms

DuBose Memorial Church Training School, Monteagle, Tennessee

This school was one of the recognized theological seminaries of the Episcopal Church. It operated from Sept. 21, 1921, until Aug. 1944. It was founded by the Rev. William Sterling […]

DuBose, William Porcher

(Apr. 11, 1836-Aug. 18, 1918). Theologian and educator. He was born in Winnsboro, South Carolina. He graduated from The Citadel in 1855, and received his M.A. from the University of […]

Dudley, Helena Stuart

(Aug. 31, 1858-Sept. 29, 1932). Peace and labor activist. She was born in Nebraska, probably in Florence. Dudley graduated with the first class of Bryn Mawr College in 1889. She […]


A term used in medieval theology to distinguish the reverence which may legitimately be paid to the saints from the worship (latria) which is paid only to God. Since both […]

Duluth, Diocese of

The General Convention of 1895 voted to divide the Diocese of Minnesota and created the Missionary Diocese of Duluth. It consisted of the following counties: Aitken, Becker, Beltram, Benson, Big […]

Dun, Angus

(May 4, 1892-Aug. 12, 1971). Bishop and leading ecumenist. He was born in New York City. Dun received his B.A. from Yale University in 1914 and his B.D. from the […]


(c. 909-May 19, 988). Monk, statesman, educator, Benedictine monastic reformer, and Archbishop of Canterbury. In 943 he became the Abbot of Glastonbury. He made Glastonbury famous for its asceticism and […]

Dyer, Herman

(Sept. 24, 1810-July 29, 1900). Nineteenth-century leader of the evangelical party. He was born in Shaftesbury, Vermont. Dyer graduated from Kenyon College in 1833 and studied at Bexley Hall. He […]

Dykman, Jackson Annan

(July 11, 1887-Feb. 7, 1983). Canon lawyer. He was born in Brooklyn, New York. Dykman received his B.A. from Yale University in 1909, and his LL.B. from Harvard Law School […]

East Carolina, Diocese of

The 1883 General Convention voted to divide the Diocese of North Carolina. The primary convention of the new diocese met Dec. 12-13, 1883, at Christ Church, New Bern, and chose […]

East Tennessee, Diocese of

The General Convention of 1982 voted to divide the Diocese of Tennessee into three Dioceses-Tennessee, East Tennessee, and West Tennessee. The Diocese of East Tennessee held its primary convention on […]


The feast of Christ's resurrection. According to Bede, the word derives from the Anglo-Saxon spring goddess Eostre. Christians in England applied the word to the principal festival of the church […]

Easter Eve, Easter Even

The Saturday before Easter. In the early church it was a day of fasting and preparation for the Easter Vigil. There is no celebration of the eucharist on this day, […]

Easter Vigil

The liturgy intended as the first (and arguably, the primary) celebration of Easter in the BCP (pp. 284-95). It is also known as the Great Vigil. The service begins in […]

Eastern Catholic Churches

Byzantine or Eastern Rite churches which retain their rites, canons, customs, and national language, but are in full communion with the Roman Catholic Church. They include Albanian, Armenian, Bulgarian, Chaldean, […]

Eastern Diocese

On May 29, 1810, representatives from New Hampshire, Vermont, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts (at that time including Maine) met at Boston and organized the Eastern Diocese. This was not a […]

Eastern Michigan, Diocese of

The General Convention of 1994 voted to divide the Diocese of Michigan. The new diocese consists of the following counties: Alcona, Alpena, Arenac, Bay, Cheboygan, Crawford, Genesee, Gladwin, Gratiot, Huron, […]

Eastern Oklahoma, Missionary District of

On Oct. 11, 1910, the General Convention formed this missionary district. It consisted of the counties lying east of the west line of the counties of Creek, Johnston, Marshall, Okfuskee, […]

Eastern Oregon, Diocese of

The General Convention of 1907 voted to divide the Diocese of Oregon and form the Missionary District of Eastern Oregon. It was a missionary district from 1907 to 1971. The […]


Another term for Easter season, the Great Fifty Days. As used in English-speaking churches, “tide” is an old word meaning a festival and its season.

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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.