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Aachen - In French, Aix-la-Chapelle, the name by which the city is generally known; in Latin Aquae Grani, later Aquisgranum Aaron - Brother of Moses, and High Priest of the Old Law Abaddon - A Hebrew word signifying: ruin, destruction (Job ); place of destruction; the Abyss, realm of the dead (Job 26:6; Proverbs ) Abandonment - A term used by writers of ascetical and mystical books to signify the first stage of the union of the soul with God by conforming to His Will Abba - Aramaic word for father Abbess - The female superior in spirituals and temporals of a community of twelve or more nuns Abbey - A monastery canonically erected and autonomous, with a community of not fewer than twelve religious; monks under the government of an abbot; nuns under that of an abbess Abbot - A title given to the superior of a community of twelve or more monks Abbreviation, Methods of - Discusses forms used to get the most use from scarce and costly materials Abbreviations, Ecclesiastical - Latin abbreviations commonly seen in documents of the Catholic Church, the full Latin words or phrases, and their English meaning Abdias - A minor prophet Abduction - May be considered as a public crime and a matrimonial diriment impediment Abel - Commentary on the first murder victim Abelard, Peter - Dialectician, philosopher, and theologian (1079-1142) Abgar, The Legend of - Concerns a correspondence that took place between God and the local potentate at Edessa Abiogenesis and Biogenesis - According to their Greek derivation these two terms refer to the origin of life Abomination of Desolation, The - Spoken of in St. Mark, xiii, 14 Abortion - Briefly defined as 'the loss of a fetal life.' Abortion, Physical Effects of - Covers definition, causes, and physical effects Abraham - Outline of his life, with New and Old Testament views Abraham, The Bosom of - Found only in two verses of St.Luke's Gospel (xvi, 22, 23) Absalom - Article covers Absalom, son of David; Absalom, father of Mathathias; and Absalom, father of Jonathan Absolution - The remission of sin, or of the punishment due to sin, granted by the Church Abstinence - Includes information about old and new testament fasting as well as church laws Abyss - Primarily and classically an adjective, very deep Abyssinia - Provides details on the geography, ethnology, political revolutions, as well as church information Acacius - Patriarch of Constantinople (d.He was executed at Tyburn in the beginning of the year 1538 Alma - A Hebrew word signifying a 'young woman', unmarried as well as married Alms and Almsgiving - Any material favour done to assist the needy, and prompted by charity Aloysius Gonzaga, Saint - Short biography of this Jesuit student, who died in 1591 at the age of 23 Alpha and Omega (in Scripture) - Employed from the fourth century as a symbol expressing the confidence of orthodox Christians in the scriptural proofs of Our Lord's divinity Alpha and Omega - Includes Jewish and Christian meanings Alphabet, Christian Use of the - The Hebrew, Greek and Latin alphabets have been variously made use of in Christian liturgy Alphonsus Liguori, Saint - Long biographical article on the founder of the Redemptorists and devotional writer Alphonsus Rodriguez, Saint - Spanish-born widower, Jesuit lay brother, served as porter at Majorca for 46 years, d. Also known as Alonso Alsace-Lorraine - The German Imperial Territory so known, and divided for State purposes into three civil districts Altar Breads - Bread is one of the two elements absolutely necessary for the sacrifice of the Eucharist Altar Candles - For mystical reasons the Church prescribes that the candles used at Mass and at other liturgical functions be made of beeswax Altar Candlesticks - Consists of five parts: the foot, the stem, the knob about the middle of the stem, the bowl to receive the drippings of wax, and the pricket, i.e.the sharp point that terminates the stem on which the candle is fixed Altar Cloths - The custom of using three altar-cloths began probably in the ninth century, but at present it is of strict obligation for the licit celebration of Mass Altar Crucifix - The principal ornament of the altar Altar Frontal - An appendage which covers the entire front of the altar, from the lower part of the table to the predella, and from the gospel corner to that of the epistle side Altar, High - The chief altar in a church, raised on an elevated plane in the sanctuary, where it may be seen simultaneously by all the faithful in the body of the church Altar Horns - On the Jewish altar there were four projections, one at each corner, which were called the horns of the altar.Peter and Paul, and of presenting themselves before the pope to give an account of the state of their dioceses Adalbert, Saint - Apostle of the Slavs.Monk, missionary to Russia, abbot, and bishop of Magdeburg, d.Mark the Evangelist, the center from which Christianity spread throughout all Egypt, the nucleus of the powerful Patriarchate of Alexandria Alexandrian Library, The - The Great Library of Alexandria, so called to distinguish it from the smaller or 'daughter' library in the Serapeum, was a foundation of the first Ptolemies for the purpose of aiding the maintenance of Greek civilization in the midst of the conservative Egyptians Alexandrinus, Codex - Greek manuscript of the Old and New Testaments, so named because it was brought to Europe from Alexandria and had been the property of the patriarch of that see Alexius, Saint - Tries to untangle the story of the Man of God.According to tradition, a fifth-century Roman who became a beggar in Edessa.
Andrew the Apostle and embracing four Sundays Adventists - A group of six American Protestant sects which hold in common a belief in the near return of Christ in person Advocatus Diaboli - A title given to an officer of the Sacred Congregation of Rites, established in 1587, by Sixtus V, to deal juridically with processes of beatification and canonization Advowson - In English law the right of patronage of a church or ecclesiastical benefice, a right exercised by nomination of a clergyman to such church or other benefice Adytum - A secret chamber or place of retirement in the ancient temples, and esteemed the most sacred spot; the innermost sanctuary or shrine Aelfred the Great - King of the West Saxons (849-899) Aelred, Saint - Cistercian abbot, homilist, spiritual writer, d.Poor Clare, prioress Agnes of Rome, Saint and Martyr - Virgin, martyred at the age of 12 or 13, revered since at least the mid-fourth century Agnosticism - A philosophical theory of the limitations of knowledge, professing doubt of or disbelief in some or all of the powers of knowing possessed by the human mind Agnus Dei - The name given to certain discs of wax impressed with the figure of a lamb and blessed at stated seasons by the Pope Agnus Dei (in Liturgy) - A name given to the formula recited thrice by the priest at Mass in the Roman rite Agony of Christ - The word is used only once in Sacred Scripture (Luke ) to designate the anguish of Our Lord in the Garden of Gethsemani Agrapha - Term for alleged sayings of Jesus, found in ancient Christian writings, not included in the canonical Gospels Agreda, Maria de - Franciscan mystic (1602-1665) Agrippa of Nettesheim, Heinrich Cornelius - Described as a 'knight, doctor, and by common reputation, a magician' Aidan of Lindisfarne, Saint - Irish monk, first bishop of Lindisfarne, d.651 Aisle - In architecture, one of the lateral or longitudinal divisions of a church, separated from the nave by rows of piers, pillars, or columns Alanus de Rupe - Dominican promoter of the Rosary (1428-1475) Alb - A white linen vestment with close fitting sleeves, reaching nearly to the ground and secured round the waist by a girdle Alban, Saint - First martyr of Britain, d. Biographical article Albania - The ancient Epirus and Illyria, is the most western land occupied by the Turks in Europe Albert the Great, Saint - Called 'the Universal Doctor.' Dominican scientist, philosopher, theologian, instructor of St.Alexander who was indeed a martyr Alexander II, Pope - Reigned 1061-1073 Alexander III, Pope - Reigned from 1159-81 Alexander IV, Pope - Reigned 1254-61 Alexander V - Pietro Philarghi, born c. Alexander was martyred in the Decian persecution Alexander, Saint (Patriarch of Alexandria) - Patriarch of Alexandria.1339, on the island of Crete (Candia), whence his appellation, Peter of Candia; elected 26 June, 1409; died at Bologna, 3 May, 1410 Alexander VI, Pope - Rodrigo Borgia, born at Xativa, near Valencia, in Spain, 1 January, 1431; died in Rome, 18 August, 1503 Alexander VII, Pope - Biographical article on this seventeenth-century pontiff Alexander VIII, Pope - Pietro Ottoboni, born at Venice, April, 1610; elected 5 October, 1689; died at Rome, 1 February, 1691 Alexander, Saint (Bishop of Comana) - Called 'The Charcoal Burner.' Made bishop of Comana at the recommendation of St. Elected instead of the heresiarch Arius, who had been scheming to be made bishop. Alexander died in 326 Alexander of Hales - Biographical article on the first of the scholastic theologians to use Aristotelean principles in systematic theology Alexandria - Seaport of Egypt, on the left bank of the Nile Alexandria, The Church of - Founded by St.
981 Adam - First man and father of the human race Addeus and Maris, Liturgy of - Oriental liturgy, sometimes assigned to the Syrian group; sometimes to the Persian group Addresses, Ecclesiastical - Rules as to what is fitting and customary in the matter of ecclesiastical correspondence Adelaide, Saint - Or Adelheid.