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Thames Isis Coordinating Pastor:
Rev Jamie McGrath
01235 520375

 

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1 Radley Road

Abingdon

OX14 3PL

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Catholic Dictionary

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

Here are some explanations and definitions related to our Roman Catholic Faith, how we worship, the objects and paraphernalia used along with churches and other religious buildings.

A

Absolution - the act by which a priest, acting as an agent of Christ, grants forgiveness of sins in the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
Acolyte (or Altar Server) - person who assists in the celebration of Mass.
Alb - a long, white garment that can be used by all liturgical ministers; it is a reminder of the baptismal garment worn when the new Christian "puts on Christ."
Ambry - a recess that holds holy oils that are blessed and consecrated at the Chrism Mass during Holy Week. Ambry
Amen - a Hebrew word meaning truly, it is true. As a concluding word of prayers, it expressed assent to and acceptance of God's will.
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B

Benediction Veil - also called the humeral veil; a long, narrow shawl-like vestment used at Benediction.

Benediction Veil

Blessed Sacrament - The Eucharist, the Body and Blood of Christ, either at Mass or reserved in a special place in the Church - normally the Tabernacle.
Biretta - A square cap with three ridges or peaks on its upper surface, worn by clerics of all grades from cardinals downwards. The use of such a cap is prescribed by the rubrics both at solemn Mass and in other ecclesiastical functions.

Note: be careful with the spelling of “biretta!â€