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someone who assists a priest or minister in a liturgical service; a cleric ordained in the highest of the minor orders in the Roman Catholic Church but not in the Anglican Church or the Eastern Orthodox Churches acolyte
(Roman Catholic Church) Roman priest who became bishop of Milan; the first Church Father born and raised in the Christian faith; composer of hymns; imposed orthodoxy on the early Christian church and built up its secular power; a saint and Doctor of the C Ambrose , Saint Ambrose , St. Ambrose
cleric in the minor orders of the Eastern Orthodox Church who reads the lessons aloud in the liturgy (analogous to the lector in the Roman Catholic Church) anagnost
sound of a bell rung in Roman Catholic churches to announce the time when the Angelus should be recited angelus , angelus bell
member of the Anglican Church who emphasizes its Catholic character Anglican Catholic
doctrine and practice within the Church of England emphasizing the Catholic tradition Anglo-Catholicism , High Anglicanism
Catholic sacrament; a priest anoints a dying person with oil and prays for salvation anointing of the sick , extreme unction , last rites
Italian pope from 1566 to 1572 who led the reformation of the Roman Catholic Church; he excommunicated Elizabeth I (1504-1572) Antonio Ghislieri , Pius V
(Roman Catholic Church) Anglo-Saxon missionary who was sent to Frisia and Germany to spread the Christian faith; was martyred in Frisia (680-754) Apostle of Germany , Boniface , Saint Boniface , St. Boniface , Winfred , Wynfrith
(Roman Catholic Church) a representative of the Holy See in a country that has no formal diplomatic relations with it apostolic delegate
(Roman Catholic Church) Italian theologian and Doctor of the Church who is remembered for his attempt to reconcile faith and reason in a comprehensive theology; presented philosophical proofs of the existence of God (1225-1274) Aquinas , Saint Thomas , Saint Thomas Aquinas , St. Thomas , St. Thomas Aquinas , Thomas Aquinas
basin or other vessel that holds holy water in Roman Catholic Churches aspersorium
celebration in the Roman Catholic Church of the Virgin Mary's being taken up into heaven when her earthly life ended; corresponds to the Dormition in the Eastern Orthodox church Assumption , Assumption of Mary , August 15
(Roman Catholic Church) Greek patriarch of Alexandria who championed Christian orthodoxy against Arianism; a church father, saint, and Doctor of the Church (293-373) Athanasius , Athanasius the Great , Saint Athanasius , St. Athanasius
(Roman Catholic Church) one of the great fathers of the early Christian church; after a dramatic conversion to Christianity he became bishop of Hippo Regius in North Africa; St. Augustine emphasized man's need for grace (354-430) Augustine , Augustine of Hippo , Saint Augustine , St. Augustine
Roman Catholic friar or monk belonging to one of the Augustinian monastic orders Augustinian
one of the Roman Catholic hermits of Saint Augustine Austin Friar
(Roman Catholic Church) English monk and scholar (672-735) Baeda , Beda , Bede , Saint Baeda , Saint Beda , Saint Bede , St. Baeda , St. Beda , St. Bede , the Venerable Bede
(Roman Catholic Church) the bishop of Caesarea who defended the Roman Catholic Church against the heresies of the 4th century; a saint and Doctor of the Church (329-379) Basil , Basil of Caesarea , Basil the Great , St. Basil , St. Basil the Great
early Christian church designed like a Roman basilica; or a Roman Catholic church or cathedral accorded certain privileges basilica
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