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.


There is now no meaningful distinction between the titles 'vicar' and 'rector'. (see Clerk, Parson, Reverend, Father).

In a Team Ministry the most senior priest is known as the Team Rector. Our Vicar, alias Father David, answers to all these titles: Clerk, Parson, Reverend, Father, Vicar.

Votive candle

A votive candle or prayer candle is a small candle, intended to be burnt as a votive offering in an act of Christian prayer.