Glossary of terms

This section lists some common words and terms used in the Church of England. Cclick on the first letter of the word and a list of words beginning with that letter will appear. Click on more.. for that word for an explanation.  This will open a separate window with the description and, in some cases, an image.


'Hallelujah' or 'Alleluia' comes from the Hebrew meaning 'Praise Yahweh'. It is an exclamation of praise and thanksgiving to Almighty God and has been'used in many different forms since Old Testament times.

The Alleluia Chant has been used in various liturgies (orders of service) and is used particularly between Easter and Pentecost. In the Eucharist, it is often sung before and after the reading of the Gospel. It can be used in all sorts of services - from baptisms to funerals. Many hymns use the word 'Alleluia' or 'Praise Him'. Perhaps the most familiar use of the word comes in the Messiah where Handel puts to music three texts from Revelation to create the Hallelujah Chorus.

Holy Communion

Also called the Eucharist or the Lord's Supper, is a service which includes the distribution of bread and wine to symbolise the body and blood of Jesus.