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Christian ceremonies, services, prayers and practices

amen

interjection

said at the end of a prayer

anthem

noun

a song that is sung during a Christian religious service by a choir only

baptise

a British spelling of baptize

baptism

noun

a ceremony in which someone is touched or covered with water to welcome them into the Christian religion

baptize

verb

to welcome someone into the Christian religion by touching or covering them with water

benediction

noun

a Christian prayer that asks God to bless someone

the Book of Common Prayer

the official book, used in Church of England and Anglican churches, that contains the prayers used during a church service

call down

to pray for something bad to happen to someone

catechism

noun

a set of questions and answers, especially a formal way of teaching people about the Christian religion

celebrate

verb

to perform a religious ceremony, especially a Christian Mass

christen

verb

to perform a religious ceremony during which a baby is made a member of the Christian religion and given a name

christening

noun

a religious ceremony during which a baby is made a member of the Christian religion and given a name

Communion

noun

a Christian ceremony in which people eat bread and drink wine in order to remember the Last Supper of Jesus Christ

confirm

verb

to formally accept someone into the Christian Church or a Reform Jewish Church in a special ceremony

confirmation

noun

a religious ceremony in which someone becomes a full member of a Christian Church or a Reform Jewish Church

consecrate

verb

to perform a religious ceremony in order to make someone a priest, bishop, king, or queen

the Eucharist

noun

the Christian ceremony in which people eat bread and drink wine as a way of remembering Jesus Christ’s last meal before he died, according to the Bible. In some Christian churches, this ceremony is called Communion or Holy Communion.

evangelise

a British spelling of evangelize

evangelize

verb

to tell people about Christianity in order to persuade them to become Christians

evensong

noun

the church service in the Anglican Church that people go to in the evening

grace

noun

a short prayer that some people say before they eat to thank God for the food

Hail Mary

noun

a Roman Catholic prayer to Mary, the mother of Jesus Christ

High Mass

noun

a religious ceremony in the Roman Catholic Church that is more formal than an ordinary mass

Holy Communion

noun

the Christian ceremony of communion

holy orders

noun

the ceremony during which someone is officially accepted into the Christian Church as a priest

immersion

noun

a method of baptizing a new member of a Christian church that involves putting their whole body into water

invocation

noun

a prayer, especially at the beginning of a public ceremony

the last rites

noun

a religious ceremony performed by a Roman Catholic priest for someone who is dying

lesson

noun

a passage from the Bible that someone reads out loud during a religious service

litany

noun

a series of prayers in a religious service, usually with a priest saying some parts and the people saying other parts

liturgy

noun

the way that religious ceremonies are performed in church, including the words that the priest uses and the order of the different parts of the ceremony

the Lord’s Prayer

a Christian prayer that Jesus Christ taught to his followers

mass

noun

the main religious ceremony of the Roman Catholic church

matins

noun

morning prayers that are said in a Christian church

meeting

noun

a religious service of some groups, especially Quakers

morning prayer

noun

prayers that are said in the morning in the Church of England

offering

noun

the money that people give to their church during a Christian church service

offertory

noun

the part of a Christian church service when the priest or minister offers bread and wine to God

offertory

noun

the offering of money during a Christian church service

orders

noun

holy orders

Our Father

noun

the Lord’s Prayer

pray

verb

to speak to God or a saint, for example to give thanks or ask for help

prayer

noun

the words that someone says when they are speaking to God

prayer

noun

the act or practice of speaking to God

redeem

verb

to make someone free from the power of evil, especially in the Christian religion

requiem

noun

a Christian ceremony in which people pray for someone who has died

response

noun

an answer that is sung or spoken by the people at a church service in reply to something said by the priest

revival meeting

noun

an emotional religious meeting with singing and speeches, intended to make people excited about the Christian religion

the rosary

noun

a series of prayers said by Roman Catholics

sacrament

noun

an important Christian ceremony such as marriage, baptism, or communion

save

verb

in the Christian religion, to make someone no longer be influenced by the power of evil so that they can go to heaven when they die

sermon

noun

a speech made by a priest or religious leader, especially as part of a religious ceremony

vespers

noun

an evening church service

witness

noun

a public statement that someone makes about their strong Christian beliefs

witness

verb

to tell people about your strong Christian beliefs

dearly beloved

used by a priest or other religious official as a way of speaking to the people at the start of a Christian ceremony, especially a wedding

God bless someone

used for praying that God will protect someone and treat them well

preach the gospel

to tell people about Jesus

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any random process, such as a competition in which a name is drawn from a hat

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