An Episcopal Dictionary of the Church

Did you know that the Episcopal Church has an online dictionary?


It’s a great guide to the many terms and concepts that mark our tradition. And a good way to find something out when you’re too embarrassed to ask (not that I’ve ever used it for this purpose)!


A screenshot of a website that says An Episcopal Dictionary of the Church, with a Mac laptop and iPad in the corners.

Here’s the entry for the Epiphany Season, which is the church season we just entered:


A season of four to nine weeks, from the Feast of the Epiphany (Jan. 6) through the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday. The length of the season varies according to the date of Easter. The gospel stories of this season describe various events that manifest the divinity of Jesus. The coming of the Magi is celebrated on the Epiphany. The Baptism of our Lord is observed on the Sunday after Epiphany. The gospels for the other Sundays of the Epiphany season describe the wedding at Cana, the calling of the disciples, and various miracles and teachings of Jesus. The Last Sunday after the Epiphany is always devoted to the Transfiguration. Jesus' identity as the Son of God is dramatically revealed in the Transfiguration gospel, as well as the gospel of the baptism of Christ. We are called to respond to Christ in faith through the showings of his divinity recorded in the gospels of the Epiphany season.

I highly recommend clicking through the dictionary, or use the search feature on the Episcopal Church website to search the dictionary.


You can learn little facts about cool saints, like Macrina the Younger (c. 327 – c. 379), or find out what we think is happening during the Eucharist—and everything in between.