Ecclesiastical Glossary

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Te Deum (Laudamus) Latin ‘Thee, O God [we praise]’. The great and ancient hymn of praise and adoration; the Canticle appointed for use in Matins.

temptation A word, will, or desire that is against God and used by the devil, the world, or our flesh to entrap and ensnare us in sin and unbelief.

“This Is the Feast” A Hymn of Praise often used as an alternate to the Gloria in Excelsis for festival days in the Church Year and the Easter season because of its strong resurrection theme.

Time of Christmas The time of the Church Year that focuses on the Father sending the Son to save the world; includes the seasons of Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany. last Sunday after Epiphany); focuses on the Father sending the Son to save the world.

Time of Easter The time of the Church Year that focuses on the Son redeeming the world with His life, death, and resurrection; includes the seasons of Lent and Easter The time from Lent through the week after Ascension (week before Pentecost);.

Time of the Church The time of the Church Year that focuses on the Spirit renewing the Church through Word and Sacrament; includes the day of Pentecost and extends through the end of the Church Year; sometimes called the non-festival half of the Church Year.

Transfiguration of Our Lord When the disciples Peter, James, and John were allowed to glimpse the glory of Jesus as He spoke with Elijah and Moses. In Lutheran use The Transfiguration of Our Lord is a major festival celebrated on the last Sunday after the Epiphany as the greatest of His epiphanies.

trespasses The term in the Lord’s Prayer for sins.

Trinitarian Invocation The words “in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit” come from the baptismal command in Matthew 28:19.

Trinity, triune Latin tri-unus, ‘three-one’. The doctrine that the One true God in three persons in one Godhead: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Commemorated on Trinity Sunday, on week after Pentecost.

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