Ecclesiastical Glossary

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Holy Communion See Sacrament of the Altar.

Holy Gospel The third of three proper lections read as part of the Service of the Word in the Divine Service. A reading from one of the first four books of the New Testament ; always contains the words or deeds of Jesus.

Holy Spirit The Third Person in the Holy Trinity, true God with the Father and the Son; sent by Jesus after his resurrection; the name means ‘comforter’ or someone who appears on another’s behalf.

Holy Thursday The title of the Thursday in Holy Week, commemorating the institution of the Lord’s Supper. See also, Maundy Thursday.

Holy Week The week before Easter, commencing with Palm Sunday and ending with Holy Saturday (the day of Christ’s rest in the tomb) commemorating the suffering of our Lord and His death.

Hosanna Hebrew ‘save now’. Shouted by the people as Jesus entered Jerusalem before the events of Holy Week; now used as an exclamation of praise, as in the Sanctus.

host Latin ‘sacrifice’ or ‘victim’. Christ Himself, who serves those gathered to receive Him in the Lord’s Supper; the individual  wafers distributed in the Lord’s Supper

hymn Greek hymnos, ‘festal song’. Song of prayer or praise in stanza form.

hymnal A book containing hymns, liturgy, and other materials used in worship.

Hymn of the Day The chief hymn of the Divine Service; a hymn specifically selected to reflect the theme of the day, especially the Holy Gospel.

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