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A complete dictionary of common terms used in Christianity.

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squares Calvin, John

See the entry under the Protestant reformers.

squares Candlemas

A feast day, held on 2nd February. It commemorates the presentation of Christ in the temple (Luke 2:22-39).

squares Canon of scripture

The official list of books of the Bible.

squares Catechumen

A term sometimes used for a person undergoing instruction (catechesis) in the Christian faith.

squares Catholic

The word is used in two senses:

  1. The Roman Catholic church.
  2. The universal church of Christ, irrespective of denomination.

See also the Nicene creed.

squares C.E.

An abbreviation for Common Era, sometimes used in place of AD when quoting dates.

squares Chalice

A goblet or cup used to hold the wine for use in the Eucharist. The bread is held in a Paten.

squares Chasuble

The outermost garment worn by a Priest. Differing colours are used for each of the time periods in the church year (e.g. Purple during Lent).

squares Christmas

Also known as the Feast of the Nativity. The celebration of Christ's birth on the 25th December began in the West around 330 AD, initially in opposition to a pagan festival which was held on the same day. However, the actual birth date remains unknown. In the Orthodox Church, the feast of the epiphany on the 6th of January is the usual date on which Christmas is celebrated.

squares Consubstantiation

In Lutheran theology, the idea that the consecrated bread and wine (the elements) in the Eucharist do not change completely into the body and blood of Christ, rather the Body and Blood is "in, with and under " the elements. See also Transubstantiation.

squares Contrition

An expression of sorrow for commiting sin and a desire to turn away from it. An act of contrition is an important part of the Sacrament of Penance.

squares Creed

Latin: credo - 'I believe'. A statement of Christian belief. See the Creeds page for further information.

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