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Ariadne

Ariadne  

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In Greek mythology, the daughter of King Minos of Crete and Pasiphaë. She helped Theseus to escape from the Minotaur's labyrinth by giving him a ball of thread, which he unravelled as he went in and ...
baptism

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In the Christian Church, the religious rite of sprinkling water on a person's head or of immersing them in water, symbolizing purification or regeneration and admission to the Christian Church. ...
Basil, Liturgy of St

Basil, Liturgy of St  

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This liturgy exists in two forms, of which the earlier and shorter is the ordinary liturgy of the Coptic Church. This form has served as a model for modern Eucharistic Prayers, notably the Third ...
Basilikos Logos

Basilikos Logos  

(βασιλικòς λόγος), a variety of enkomion addressed to an emperor on some notable occasion. Menander Rhetor (pp.76–94) set out the form and the sentiments considered appropriate; the major points were ...
Calendar

Calendar  

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The Jewish religious year with its feasts and fasts. Whatever its origins (the question of which is extremely complicated) the Jewish calendar, from at least the beginning of the present era, was a ...
candle

candle  

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Candles of wax or tallow took the place of lamps used in various Jewish rituals such as the Sabbath lights; in the Havdalah ceremony; and the Hanukkah lights. A synagogue had to be well lit and pious ...
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 ...
Christophoria

Christophoria  

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(Gk.),‘the carrying of Christ’. In the Ambrosian rite, the title of a Feast observed on 7 Jan., the day following the Epiphany, and commemorating the Return from Egypt (Mt. 2:21).[...]
colours, liturgical

colours, liturgical  

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A sequence of colours at different seasons of the ecclesiastical year for vestments and other liturgical objects is first found in the use of the Augustinian Canons at Jerusalem in the early 12th ...
Communicantes

Communicantes  

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A section of the RC Canon of the Mass (and of the First Eucharistic Prayer), so named from its opening word in the Latin text; it comes shortly before the Words of Institution.
confirmation

confirmation  

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The Christian rite in which the Holy Spirit is conveyed in a renewed or fuller way to those who have already undergone baptism, derived from John 14. 15–21, and Acts ...
Crete

Crete  

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A Greek island in the eastern Mediterranean, noted for the remains of the Minoan civilization which flourished there in the 2nd millennium bc.Cretan bull the bull captured by Hercules as the seventh ...
crib

crib  

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In the W. Church by popular custom a representation of the crib (or manger) in which Christ was laid at His birth, with a model of the Holy Child, is placed in church on Christmas Eve. St Francis of ...
Dioscuri

Dioscuri  

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In Greek and Roman mythology the twins Castor and Pollux, born to Leda after her seduction by Zeus, and brothers of Helen. Castor was mortal, but Pollux was immortal; at Pollux's request they shared ...
Egeria

Egeria  

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An account of the journey of an abbess or nun (probably Spanish) to Egypt, Palestine, Edessa, Asia Minor, and Constantinople at the end of the 4th cent.
Enkomion

Enkomion  

(ἐγκώμιον), or panegyric, a speech of praise. The authors of ancient rhetorical textbooks identified enkomion with epideictic of the good in general (thus Theon in RhetGr, ed. Spengel 2:61.22), and ...
Epigrams

Epigrams  

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A collection of poems by Jonson, printed 1616, including ‘Inviting a Friend to Supper’, ‘On My First Son’, ‘The Famous Voyage’, and addresses to Donne and King James.
feast

feast  

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Feast day a day on which a celebration, especially an annual Christian one, is held.feast of reason intellectual discussion, as complementary to genial conversation; the phrase comes originally from ...
Feast of the Name of Jesus

Feast of the Name of Jesus  

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This feast, which had been celebrated locally at the end of the Middle Ages, was officially granted to the Franciscans in 1530 for commemoration on 14 Jan. The observance gradually ...
feasts, ecclesiastical

feasts, ecclesiastical  

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These come under three main headings:(1) Sundays, the weekly commemoration of the Resurrection.(2) movable feasts. The most important are Easter, the annual commemoration of the Resurrection, and ...

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