An Episcopal Dictionary of the Church

Glossary of Terms

Lichtenberger, Arthur

(Jan. 8, 1900-Sept. 3, 1968). Twenty-first Presiding Bishop. Lichtenberger was a leading ecumenical churchman. He was a member of the General Board of the National Council of Churches and a […]

Life and Work

An early ecumenical movement seeking, along with the Faith and Order Movement, the reunion of the separated Christian churches. Unlike the Faith and Order Movement, whose principal concern was theological, […]


The educational and fundraising publication of the Presiding Bishop's Fund for World Relief. It began publication in Dec. 1988.

Lift Every Voice and Sing II: An African American Hymnal

This collection was published in 1993 by the Church Hymnal Corporation as a supplement to The Hymnal 1982. It contains 234 hymns and songs, and thirty-six selections of service music […]

Lift Every Voice and Sing: A Collection of Afro-American Spirituals and Other Songs

This collection was published in 1981 by the Church Hymnal Corporation as a supplement to The Hymnal (1940). The project was conceived by the Rev. Franklin D. Turner, staff officer […]

Lima Document

See Baptism, Eucharist, and Ministry (BEM).

Lima Eucharistic Liturgy, The

A liturgy developed by Max Thurion of the Taizé community. At the meeting of the Faith and Order Commission in Lima, Peru, in 1982, some revisions were made, and the […]

Lima Report

” See Baptism, Eucharist, and Ministry (BEM).


The newsletter of the Office of Black Ministries. It began publication in Feb. 1984. The first issue was called the Premier Absalom Jones Issue.


An intercessory prayer including various petitions that are said or sung by the leader and fixed responses by the congregation. It was used as early as the fifth century in […]

Litany Desk

A low kneeling desk for prayer. Historically it was placed in the midst of the church for use by the leader of the litany. It is also known as a […]

Little Gidding

The home of the community and household of prayer founded by Nicholas Ferrar (Feb, 22, 1592-Dec. 4, 1637) in Huntingdonshire, England, about 18 miles from Cambridge. Ferrar and his mother […]

Little Hours of the Divine Office

The canonical hours of prime, terce, sext, and none. Prime was said at 6 a.m., the traditional “first hour” of prayer; terce was said at 9 a.m., the “third hour”; […]

Little Offices

See Little Hours of the Divine Office.

Liturgical Colors

"Liturgical Colors" in Episcopal worship signify our place in the Church Year: WHITE, the color of Jesus’ burial garments, for Christmas, Easter, and other ‘feasts’ or festival days, as well […]

Liturgical Movement, The

A movement of liturgical renewal and reform, rooted in new discoveries concerning the Christian liturgical tradition and new insights into the experience of common worship. The liturgical movement was encouraged […]

Liturgical Studies

Collections of essays issued from time to time under the direction of the Standing Liturgical Commission. Liturgical Studies are designed to help the commission carry out its canonical mandate “to […]

Liturgical Texts for Evaluation

A booklet containing adapted liturgical texts for the Daily Office and the Holy Eucharist, along with a musical supplement. These adapted texts reflect concern for use of liturgical language that […]


The study of liturgy, including the rites, forms, texts, symbols, and theology of worship. It is also known as liturgiology. Candidates for ordination to the transitional diaconate and priesthood must […]


See Liturgics.

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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.