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Religious ceremonies and practices

anoint

verb

to put oil on a part of someone’s body in a religious ceremony

bless

verb

to say a prayer asking God to help and protect someone or something

bless

verb

to make something holy, so that it can be used in a religious ceremony

blessing

noun

a prayer asking for God’s help and protection

celebrant

noun

someone who leads or takes part in a religious ceremony

ceremony

noun

the formal traditions, actions, or words used to celebrate a traditional or religious event

circumcise

verb

to remove the skin at the end of a boy’s or man’s penis for religious or medical reasons

circumcision

noun

a religious ceremony or medical operation in which someone is circumcised

confession

noun

an official statement about what religious beliefs you have

consecrate

verb

to perform a religious ceremony in order to make a place or a thing holy

contemplation

noun

the religious activity of thinking about God

deify

verb

to consider someone to be a god

devotional

adjective

relating to religious subjects or activities

feast

noun

a religious festival such as Christmas or Passover

fiesta

noun

a large public celebration, especially a religious festival in countries where people speak Spanish

flagellation

noun

the practice of hitting yourself with a whip as a religious punishment

invocation

noun

an act of asking for help from a god or a person who has power

invoke

verb

to ask for help from someone who is stronger or more powerful, especially a god

liturgical

adjective

involving or used in religious ceremonies

mela

noun

an occasion when a lot of people gather together, especially for a religious festival

ministry

noun

religious work done by someone

novitiate

noun

the period of time that someone spends as a novice in a religious community

observance

noun

a part of a religious or official ceremony

officiate

verb

to perform the official duties at a ceremony, especially a religious ceremony

ordain

verb

to make someone a priest, minister, or rabbi in an official religious ceremony

ordination

noun

the process or religious ceremony by which someone is officially made a priest, minister, or rabbi

prayers

noun

a regular religious ceremony with prayers

prayer meeting

noun

a religious meeting where people pray together

preach

verb

to talk about a religious subject at a religious meeting, especially in church

purification

noun

a religious act or ceremony to purify someone or something

purify

verb

to make a person holy or without evil

purify

verb

to make something fit to be used for religious purposes

reading

noun

something that someone reads to a group of people, for example at a public event or religious ceremony

rite

noun

a traditional ceremony, especially a religious one

sacrifice

noun

the act of killing a person or animal as part of a ceremony to honour a god or spirit

sacrifice

noun

a person or animal killed to honour a god or spirit

sacrificial

adjective

connected with sacrifices, or used as a sacrifice

sanctify

verb

to make something or someone holy, especially in a religious ceremony

service

noun

a religious ceremony

thanksgiving

noun

an expression of thanks, often in the form of a prayer to God

vigil

noun

a period of time at night when you stay awake to pray

vigils

noun

a religious ceremony at night

consecration

noun

deification

noun

flagellate

verb

liturgically

adverb

sacrificially

adverb

sanctification

noun

keep/break the Sabbath

to follow or not follow the rules about the Sabbath

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