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A prayer for worthy reception of communion that begins with the statement, "We do not presume to come to this thy Table, O merciful Lord, trusting in our own righteousness" (BCP, p. 337). It is optional in Rite 1, and not used in Rite 2. It may be said by the celebrant and people after the fraction... Read More »

This large scarf or shawl is worn over the shoulders and covers the hands. It may be used when carrying the vessels containing the consecrated elements of the eucharist, as in processions of the Blessed Sacrament and Benediction. See Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament.

(c. 1568-1608). First chaplain to Jamestown, Virginia. He was appointed vicar of Reculver in Kent, England on Jan. 18, 1594. On Oct. 5, 1602, he became vicar of Heathfield in the Diocese of Chichester. From 1603 until 1606, Hunt was a student at Trinity Hall, Cambridge University. He was the... Read More »

(May 28, 1819-July 11, 1904). Bishop and editor. He was born in Hadley, Hampshire County, Massachusetts. Huntington graduated from Amherst College in 1839 and from the Divinity School of Harvard University in 1842. He was ordained minister of the South Congregational Church (Unitarian), Boston, on... Read More »

(July 23, 1854-June 29, 1935). One of the founders of the Order of the Holy Cross. He was the son of Frederic Dan Huntington, Bishop of Central New York. He was born in Boston, Massachusetts. Huntington received his B.A. from Harvard in 1875. He studied at St. Andrew's Divinity School,... Read More »

(Sept. 20, 1838-July 26, 1909). Ecumenical leader and liturgical reformer. He was known as the "First Presbyter of the Church." Huntington was born in Lowell, Massachusetts. He received his A.B. from Harvard in 1859. He studied for the ordained ministry of the Episcopal Church under the... Read More »

A form of congregational song in praise of God, using metrical poetic texts set to tunes which are repeated for each stanza of the text. Hymns authorized for use in the Episcopal Church are collected in The Hymnal 1982. Other collections of hymns used in the Episcopal Church include Wonder, Love,... Read More »

Historical and background information on the words, music, and sources of the selections in the Hymnal, essays on church music, biographical information on authors and composers, and indexes for the collection have been published as Hymnal Companions for the 1940 and 1982 editions of the Hymnal.... Read More »

A series of studies published by the Church Hymnal Corporation (now Church Publishing Incorporated), to assist clergy and laity in using The Hymnal 1982. The volumes are: Hymnal Studies One: Perspectives on the New Edition (1981); Hymnal Studies Two: Introducing The Hymnal 1982 (1982); Marilyn J.... Read More »

The collection of hymns, tunes, and service music authorized for use in the Episcopal Church by General Convention. It is published by Church Publishing Incorporated, formerly Church Hymnal Corporation, a subsidiary of the Church Pension Fund. Hymnals have been authorized for the Episcopal Church... Read More »

A term used to refer to bodies or collections of hymns. For example, the hymnody of the Episcopal Church is collected in The Hymnal 1982.

A 1979 publication in the Church Hymnal Corporation series of 150 hymns created by the Hymn Committee of the Standing Commission on Church Music. It was edited by Raymond F. Glover, Marion Hatchett, and Russell Schulz-Widmar.


Glossary definitions provided courtesy of Church Publishing Incorporated, New York, NY,(All Rights reserved) from "An Episcopal Dictionary of the Church, A User Friendly Reference for Episcopalians," Don S. Armentrout and Robert Boak Slocum, editors.