St. George's Church Dictionary

This is a work in progress and will be flushed out over time.

Altar of Repose

Book of Common Prayer: Official book of worship of the Episcopal Church. The BCP provides liturgical forms, prayers, and instructions so that all members and orders of the Episcopal Church may appropriately share in common worship from church to church, diocese to diocese.

Catechesis

Catechism

Diocese: The territorial jurisdiction of a diocesan bishop. The term also refers to the congregations and church members of the diocese. 

Great Fifty Days (Season of Easter): The feast of Easter is a season of fifty days, from Easter Eve through the Day of Pentecost. 

Great Vigil of Easter

Junior Warden: One of the officers of a parish. Two wardens are typically selected to serve with members of the vestry. The wardens are generally ranked "senior" and "junior." The mode of selection and duties of the wardens are determined by state law, diocesan canon, or parish by-laws. The junior warden is often given responsibility for the upkeep of the parish buildings and grounds. The senior warden typically presides at vestry meetings in the absence of the rector, and the junior warden presides at vestry meetings if both the rector and the senior warden are absent.

Lay Person: One of the layity

Layity: The laity are the people of the church, those who have been baptized. It generally refers to those who have not been ordained. 

Lay Eucharistic Minister (LEM): Lay person licensed by the bishop to administer the consecrated elements of the eucharist. At St. George's lay eucharistic ministers may be licensed to administer the consecrated bread and wine at any celebration of the eucharist in the absence of a sufficient number of priests and deacons to assist the celebrant. They may also be licensed to go from a Sunday eucharist or other principal celebrations of the eucharist to share the sacrament with members of the congregation who were unable to be present at the celebration because of illness or infirmity.

Lector: A lay person trained in reading scripture who is appointed by the clergy person in charge of the congregation to read lessons or lead the prayers of the people. The term is from the Latin, "to read." There is no license required for this lay ministry. A lector may also be known as a reader.

Narthex

Nave

Parish: the congregation or members of a church

Parish Hall: the large meeting room of our church. At St George's Hatlee Hall is our Parish Hall. 

Pentecost: A holy day that is celebrated on the seventh Sunday after Easter, commemorates the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles and other followers of Jesus while they were in Jerusalem as described in Acts 2:1–31

Sacristy: The room adjoining the nave where the altar hangings, linens, and sacred vessels, and liturgical books are kept until needed for use in worship.

Sanctuary

Senior Warden: One of two officers of a parish. Two wardens are typically selected to serve with members of the vestry. The wardens are generally ranked "senior" and "junior." The mode of selection and duties of the wardens are determined by state law, diocesan canon, or parish by-laws. The senior warden is usually the primary elected lay leader of the congregation, and serves as a principal liaison between the parish and the rector.  The senior warden typically presides at vestry meetings in the absence of the rector.

Theological Reflection  (TR or TRs)

Vestry

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