Ecclesiastical Glossary

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Easter The greatest and oldest festival of the Christian Year, commemorating the resurrection of Our Lord, the day when Jesus rose from the tomb. A moveable feast, the date of Easter is determined by the date of the first Sunday after the first full moon which falls on or next to the spring equinox (March 21) If the full moon happens upon a Sunday, Easter is the Sunday after.

Ecce Homo Latin ‘Behold the Man’. These are the words of Pontius Pilate as he presents Our Lord, crowned with thorns, to the crowd. John 19:5.

elders (Biblical) Elders led the congregation; they were also called overseers; their duties were to teach, preach, and shepherd the congregation.

elders (popular) Lay leaders in the congregation who assist the called pastor.

elements Physical objects (water, bread, and wine) used for God’s special purpose in the Sacraments.

Emmanuel Hebrew  ‘God with us’; a name for Jesus; also Immanuel.

Epiphany Greek ‘manifestation’. The day commemorating Jesus’ “revealing” (manifestation) as God in the flesh to the Gentile Magi; the eighth day after Christmas, January 6. The Epiphany Season sets forth the glory of Christ as ‘God in man made manifest’.

Epistle ‘Letter’. A book of the New Testament in the form of a letter. The second of the three  proper lections read as part of the Service of the Word in the Divine Service. It is generally instruction in the truth or doctrine for the Day

Eucharist Greek ‘thanksgiving’. Another name for the Sacrament of the Altar; see Sacrament of the Altar.

Eucharistic lights

evangelist Greek ‘Gospel’ and ‘messenger.’ One of the writers of the four Gospels: Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. In a wider sense, one whom the Church has sent to preach the Gospel.

exaltation Christ is glorified above all things by the Father for having completed the work of salvation.

Exaudi Latin ‘hear’. The title for the Sunday after the Ascension, from the first word of Introit for the Day.

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