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Last updated 8th March 2021

Glossary of church terms

Frequently asked questions about the church often include the many cliches, theological terms, and vernacular used by ministers and laymen.

Many of these terms originated from scripture or tradition, perhaps taken from Greek or Latin words, or from the old English vernacular of the King James Version.

This alphabetical glossary of general church terms and acronyms and their application to the Diocese of Blackburn (2016) may help. 

If you are still not sure what something means, please get in contact you can email communicate@blackburn.anglican.org and we will get back to you as soon as we can.