Asperges , n.; Gr., L. (1) The ceremony of sprinkling the altar, clergy, and people with holy water, performed by the celebrant before the principal Mass. It also is used loosely to refer to a judge or official of an ecclesiastical court who is generally well trained in Canon Law. Affinity, n.; L. Relationship of persons arising from a valid Christian marriage, whether consummated or not. Also called the "Greek corporal.". Definition In general, a traditional story focusing on some religious explanation of a phenomenon of nature. General absolution is that given to a group simultaneously when private confession is impossible. Cerecloth.). The wine and water with which the celebrating priest washes remaining particles of the communion host from his thumb and index finger after the Communion in the Mass. for the determination of the Church When used in the plural, they usually refer to those outside of Rome, but there are also catacombs at Syracuse and Palermo, and in Tuscany and Etruria. (2) A stand or support on which the coffin (or sometimes a casket, when the body is absent) is placed during the funeral service. to the Divine Office alone. When said at the end of a Creed, it means assent; at the end of a prayer, it signifies desire to obtain the petition. A corporate fraternal group of the faithful devoted to the furtherance of works of piety or of charity and likewise for the increase of divine worship. There are two sizes, the smaller for the Communion of the faithful, the larger for the priest's Communion of the Mass and for exposition. days fall on the same days of the (3) The "Acts of the Apostles" which is the section of Sacred Scripture wherein their activities are recorded. Amulet, n.; L. In pagan times a charm or good luck piece. Calendar (ecclesiastical), n.; L. The days of the civil year set apart for religious celebrations; an arrangement marking the feasts of the Church assigned to each day of the year. Christus, n.; Gr., L. (1) The Latin name of Christ; (2) name applied to the chanter or singer who sings the words spoken by our Lord during the recital of the Gospel story of the passion. Costume (clerical), n.; L., Fr. who becomes a Catholic by reception of Baptism or by profession of faith and abjuradon of errors; one who becomes an active, participating member of the Catholic Church. Consultors, n. pl; L. Men of special knowledge who serve to advise the Roman Congregations. which cannot be given to any crea- A panel of embroidery stitched on the upper center part of the amice and on the cuffs and hem of the alb. Acclamation, n,; L (1) Naming one to an ecclesiastical dignity unanimously by the elector: without balloting, or by vocal acclaim. Abjuration, n.; L. (1) The renunciation or denial under oath of an apostasy, heresy or schism before apostates, heretics or schismatics are validly absolved from excommunication. Anathema, n.; Gr., L. A thing given over to evil; that pronouncement by which the Church declares a person to be out of her communion, particularly because of the denial of a truth of faith; an excommunication. The ; L. Papal representative sent to a country having no regular diplomatic relations with the Holy See. This is only permitted on Sundays. Aseity,n. The license to print a writing on a Catholic subject, especially one treating of doctrine, morality, canon law, or scripture required of the diocese; approval by the bishop is necessary before a writing bearing teachings of the Church may be printed and presented to the faithful. The financial executor of the Holy See. Candlemas, n.; L., A.S. Common name attached to the Feast of the Purification of the Blessed Virgin, Feb. 2, and derived from the blessing of candles which takes place upon this Feastday. in which the psalms are arranged The creeds in the Catholic Church are four: The Apostles' Creed, the Nicene Creed, the Athanasian, and the Creed of Pius the Fourth. Angelus, n.; L. The devotion honoring the Incarnation and venerating the Blessed Virgin at morning (6 o'clock), noon, and evening (6 o'clock) by the recitation of three Hail Marys, with words spoken by the Blessed Virgin at the Annunciation, and a final prayer. It increases sanctifying grace and imprints a lasting character or mark on the soul. Circumninsession, n. L. See Circumincession. It is bound close to the body by the cincture. Learn more in the Cambridge English-Chinese traditional Dictionary. Abbreviator, n.; L. A notary or secretary employed in the Papal Chancery and entrusted with the work of abbreviating and copying papal documents. celebrating Mass, worn as a mantle over his shoulders and covering the body, front and rear, and descending to (Cf. Apostles' Creed , n.; Gr., L. A prayer embodying the fundamental Christian teachings and a profession of belief in them; a liturgical prayer of the Catholic beliefs of faith. have the consent of a competent (3) The actual performance of a rite. good before all else and by which we do His will and are united with Him. Also called creche. 2:19, 20.) (2) In theology, a certain accidental reward over and above the essential bliss of heaven given to persons who achieve heaven with extraordinary degrees of merit. Civil marriage, n.; L., Fr. Calvary, n.; L. (1) The small hill to the west of Jerusalem where Christ was crucified. Council, n.; L. An assembly of higher ecclesiastics and rulers in the Church to discuss and decide upon ecclesiastical matters, either of legislation or doctrine. ), which is a symbol of authority for the bishop; Restitution must be made in as far as possible, (Cf. A Its contrary virtue is meekness. A parable or allegory to illustrate some truth or to prove a theory. Anticamera, n.; L., It. (Cf. An administrator bishop. Charisms, n. 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