Ecclesiastical Glossary

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Each page contains all the entries for a single letter of the alphabet. Use the page controls at the bottom of each page to navigate: 1=A, 2=B, 3=C, 4=D, etc.


Magnificat Latin ‘to magnify (glorify)’. Mary’s song (Luke 1:46–55) that praises the Lord for His exalting of the poor and humble. The canticle setting of Mary’s song is  appointed for use in Vespers.

martyr From the Greek word for “witness”; someone who voluntarily suffers the penalty of death for witnessing about the Savior.

Matins Latin matutinus, ‘belonging to the morning’. The historic morning worship of the Christian Church.

Maundy Thursday Latin mandatum novum, ‘a new commandment’. The title of the Thursday in Holy Week commemorating the last Passover of Jesus (John 13:34). See also, Holy Thursday.

means of grace The means by which the Holy Spirit offers us all the blessings of Christ and creates faith in us; the written and spoken Word of God and the Sacraments (Baptism and Holy Communion) are the means of grace.

Misericordia Domini Latin ‘the steadfast love of the Lord’. The title of the Second Sunday after Easter, from the opening words of the Introit for the Day. Also known as Good Shepherd Sunday from the historic Gospel appointed for the day (John 10:11–16).

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