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Acathistus

Acathistus  

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(Gk. ‘not sitting’, because it was sung standing), a famous Greek liturgical hymn in honour of the BVM. It may be the work of St Romanos ‘Melodos’, but the authorship is disputed.
angel

angel  

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Hermes was the messenger of Zeus. Iris was ascribed the same function; for Plato the two are the divine angeloi. By the 3rd cent. ad, angels played a large part in Judaism and Christianity, and they ...
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A Dictionary of the Bible (2 ed.)

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The message brought by the *angel *Gabriel to *Mary recorded only by Luke (1: 26–38) that she

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The Concise Oxford Dictionary of World Religions

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The announcement to the Virgin Mary by the angel Gabriel that she would conceive a son Jesus (Luke 1.26–38

Christmas

Christmas  

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The commemoration of Christ's nativity. The earliest mention of its being celebrated on 25 Dec. is in the Philocalian Calendar, which represents Roman practice in 336. The date was probably chosen to ...
Elizabeth

Elizabeth  

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Female forename, name of two saints.St Elizabeth in the Bible, the wife of Zacharias and mother of John the Baptist; she is said to have been the cousin of the Virgin Mary (see the Visitation). Her ...
epiphany

epiphany  

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The manifestation of Christ to the Gentiles as represented by the Magi; the festival commemorating this on 6 January. The name is recorded from Middle English, and comes ultimately from Greek ...
Gabriel

Gabriel  

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One of the seven archangels. He figures in Dan., foretells the birth of John the Baptist, and announces the conception of the Lord to the BVM. Feast day, in the E., 26 Mar.; in the W., formerly 24 ...
genuflexion

genuflexion  

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A momentary kneeling on the right knee, with the body erect, used in the W. Church as a ceremonial reverence when passing before the Blessed Sacrament and on certain other occasions.
Gospel of Mary

Gospel of Mary  

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An apocryphal Gnostic Gospel, of which 3rd-cent. fragments survive in the original Greek. In it Mary [Magdalene] describes a vision in which the progress of the Gnostic through the seven planetary ...
Holy Year

Holy Year  

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A year during which the pope grants, subject to particular conditions, a plenary indulgence, the so-called Jubilee, to all those who visit Rome. A bull specifies the particular purposes of the year ...
Hubert van Eyck

Hubert van Eyck  

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(d. 1426) and(d. 1441), Flemish painters. Jan became court painter to Philip, Duke of Burgundy, in 1425, and probably in 1430 settled in Bruges. The Ghent Altarpiece, for which the brothers are ...
Joyful Mysteries, the five

Joyful Mysteries, the five  

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The first chaplet of the rosary, consisting of (1) the Annunciation, (2) the Visitation, (3) the Nativity of Christ, (4) the Presentation of Christ in the Temple, and (5) the Finding of the Child ...
lily

lily  

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Symbols of beauty, in S. of S. (2: 1–2; 5: 13), where the flower referred to is probably a blue hyacinth. In one of the rare references to natural beauty in the NT, Jesus speaks of the glory of ...
Mary

Mary  

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Arabic Maryam. Mother of Jesus and cousin of Elizabeth. Similar to the biblical account, chapter 19 of the Quran (which is named for her) depicts Mary as a chaste woman whose miraculous virgin ...
Nazareth

Nazareth  

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The village in Galilee where Christ was brought up and where He lived until the beginning of His ministry.
New Year

New Year  

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There are four dates for New Year in the Jewish tradition: 1 Nisan is reckoned as New Year for the religious calendar and for calculating the reigns of Jewish kings ...
Our Lady

Our Lady  

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Designation of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Lady Day is the feast of the Annunciation, 25 Mar. A Lady Chapel is one dedicated to Mary.
rosary

rosary  

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Arabic misbahah; tasbih; subhah. String of thirty-three beads used by Muslims since the ninth century to count repetition of prayers and recite the names of God. Probably adapted from similar devices ...
Twelve Great Feasts

Twelve Great Feasts  

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In the E. Church, the twelve chief feast days in the liturgical year: Epiphany (6 Jan.), Presentation of Christ in the Temple (2 Feb.), Annunciation of the BVM (25 March), Palm Sunday, Ascension Day, ...

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