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    It is covered with icons whose subject and placement is significant. It is called an iconostasis. Lectern: The stands at the front of church (as viewed by the congregation) are called the lectern. The word lectern comes from the Latin word meaning 'to read,' because the lectern primarily functions as a reading stand. The lectern leads congregation into prayer, in some churches, the positions of the pulpit and the lectern are reversed (that is, pulpit is on the right and the lectern is on the left.

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    In Free churches, the altar is replaced by a simple table for the communion service. Most churches have a lectern which stands at the front of the church as viewed by the congregation; it's primarily a reading and a bookstand upon which the bible is placed. It leads the congregation into prayer. The word lectern comes for the word "to read". Similarly, most churches have a pulpit which is where the preacher stands, to give a sermon. It is located at the front of the church and is a raised platform and therefore easily viewed by the congregation.

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    The altar which symbolises sacrifice, as it's where the bread and wine is consecrated into the body and blood of Jesus Christ who died on the cross to save the world from sin. The nave symbolizes the congregation as fish, as Jesus who said ''follow me and I will make you fishers of men'' when he fed the hungry. The pulpit is slightly raised making you look up, symbolising looking up to hear the word of god, it also often has an eagle on it symbolising the word of god being spread around the world.

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  4. Rloe and function of a mosque

    has said not to keep the dead for so long and try to bury them as quick as possible so they get their final destination's decision quickly. Mosque is also a place where Nikah Ceremony; Khutbah and dua etc takes place. Marriage (Nikah) is considered as an act of worship (Ibaadah) and a Sunnah of Prophet (S.A.W). 'By Allah! Among all of you I am the most God-fearing, and among you all, I am the supermost to save myself from the wrath of Allah, yet my state is that I observe prayer and sleep too.

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  5. the features of a mosque

    Also, if after entering the Masjid one makes the intention of Nafl Itikaaf then for the duration of Salah, Dhikr, Ibaadah and listening to a talk you can also receive the reward of Itikaaf for that duration of time. Today, the Masjid al-Haram in Makkah, the Masjid al-Nabawi in Medina and Masjid Al Aqsa in Jerusalem are considered the three holiest and sacred Masjids in Islam. In England, we have purpose and non-purpose built Masjids. Non-purpose built Mosque was built in around 1960's when Muslims came to England, after the Second World War for work purposes.

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  6. Alabaster Mosque, Cairo, Egypt.

    in Istanbul, and the construction began in 1830 A.D. It is built in the style of the Ottoman Mosques of Istanbul. It is square in plan, and measures 41x41 meter; it has a centralized dome measuring 21 meter in diameter and 52 meter in height, resting on four large arches supported by four massive piers. The two minarets at the back of the mosque are considered the highest minarets in Egypt, at 82 meters tall. From there, you can see most of Historical Cairo, and on a very clear day, you may be able to see Pyramids too.

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  7. RE Coursework Section C - Hinduism

    So home worship can be educational. As well as this, sometimes people just want to be alone. If having a bad day or stressed sometimes it would not help to be around people, worshipping at home would enable you to be alone in peace. Or to the contrary, you could include the whole family and worship together, making the family closer. Worshipping with the family is extremely important to Hinduism. This is because from birth young children are brought up with Hindu customs. Therefore worshipping with the family can benefit a child as it enables them to learn from their elders.

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  8. Ormskirk Parish Church - Question 2

    The layout of the church (with the exception of the spire and tower) is typical in a sense that the nave is in the middle, the chancel at one end etc. The church was expanded however to accommodate a bigger congregation, you can see that the north and south aisles were built at a later date to the original nave. This is typical as many churches made similar attempts to expand to accommodate more people. Outside and nearby to the church is the graveyard while resembles a typical graveyard of a Middle Age Anglican church except that it is located on the west side of the church as opposed to the typical south

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  9. R.s Roles of men and women

    Paul emphasized in his Letters to Timothy that women were not to have positions of authority over men. He even describes how they were to keep quiet in Church and wait to ask any questions of their husbands once they returned home. However, in his Letters to the Corinthian church, he describes how a woman was to be sure to cover her head whenever she led in prayer in Church. Many have interpreted Paul's descriptions of the role of men and women to place women in an extremely subservient position. However, for his day and time, it may have actually elevated the role of women.

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  10. AO2 Marriage Coursework

    the importance is not the fact that they are just words that are said to each other, it's the actual words that are said in the vows. For example if a husband/wife were to become very ill and needs constant care, the RC church would say that the couple must keep the marriage strong because of the vow 'in sickness and in health', and in order for them to do so they could, go to marriage counselling EG Relate, CMAC.

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  11. To Kill A Mocking Bird - selected essays related to Chapter 12

    Due to the land being made of hard clay if someone died during a dry spell the church had to put ice over the body until rain softened the ground. The chapter shows that the black people can't afford gravestones so they outline them "in coke cans and glass" this shows how the cope with the poorness and not being able to afford stuff. The Church is "Unceiled and unpainted within" and this shows that they cannot afford the things the white churches can.

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  12. How far do you agree that the church in England on the eve of the 16th centaury was in need of reformation?

    The fundermental concern was their main interests were not on the welfare of the church but attaining power and authority for themselves. However there is little evidence to prove this. Colet's sermon of 1511 openly opposed the clergy in convocation; he claimed that too many members of the church were far more preoccupied on climbing an ecclesiastical hierarchy than committing to church ideals. However the attacks were said to be heavily exaggerated, especially as they were preached in convocation, one churchman to another. Cloet was also a cleric; Dean of St Paul's and shared no public dissatisfaction for the clergy.

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  13. Catholicism and Methodism - Major Christian Denominations

    They broke away from the Church to preach in homes, fields, barn houses or anywhere else they could find followers. After disbanding from the Church of England, they didn't initially start a new Church, but rather initialised faith-restoration groups called "United Societies" as a branch of the Anglican Church. By 1774, however, Methodism spread and became it's own religion. As the years went by, Methodism became the largest Protestant denomination in America. The largest denomination of Methodism today is the United Methodist Church, which is a unique blend of New Testament Christianity, the Protestant Reformation, and the influence of John Wesley and his Methodist Church.

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  14. examine and outline the claim that luther's overriding concern was with his own salvation

    It was also through this that he read the Epistles, which provided him with the answer he was looking for: "The just shall live by faith". I is the most important because it clearly shows that at this point, Luther was concerned with his salvation, and his sin. He didn't feel that the Church was providing him with the correct way - faith and good works - but he certainly wasn't trying to change it. As McGrath argues: "[Luther was] alarmed to find that nothing could free him from temptation and bring him spiritual satisfaction" V H H Green His

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  15. Describe the layout, design and contents of a Church of England (Anglican) Church.

    Roman Catholic Churches are the most elaborate where there are often several altars, confessional boxes, statues and candles. Orthodox Churches are usually similar to Roman Catholic Churches except there is a screen (iconostasis) which separates the main part of the church from the altar. Church of England (Anglican) Churches are similar but not as detailed as Roman Catholic Churches. Inside a typical Church of England church, there are many features, which are very important to Christians in their worship. When a member of the congregation enters the church, he or she will firstly go through the Porch. It is open to invite the congregation into church and is always open before services to welcome people.

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  16. Ministry Project Topic Statement

    The issue at hand is how to communicate the Gospel in a Seventh-day Adventist churchplant located in Bellevue, WA in such a way that is compelling and convincing to a seeker. 2. Describe the context (the historical background and current situation). The Seventh-day Adventist movement started in the late 1800's when a group of believers studied the scriptures earnestly in search of deeper Biblical truth.

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  17. You do not need to go to Church to be a Christian." Do you agree?Give Reasons for your answer in order to show that you have thought about different points

    Blessed are those who pray in your house (Ps 84:4) I agree with both sides of the argument equally, and therefore do not have a definitive point of view on the statement, "You do not have to go to Church to be a Christian". Although, if I did have a certain one way view on the matter, and I thought that it was vital that to be a Christian, you must go to Church, like many people do, then I would use the following points to argue with: Churches are made specifically for Christians to make contact with God in a place that is set aside just for him.

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  18. A Place of Muslim Worship

    > Washing areas This is a necessary part in the design of a mosque as Muslims must approach Allah in a state of purity. This washing is called wudu. The washing areas are separate for men and women and their design varies from beautiful fountains in courtyards to simple sinks with taps. > Minaret This is where the Mu'adhdhin calls the believers to prayer five times daily, while facing the Ka'bah in Makkah. The minaret is used only in Muslim countries because it is an obvious inconvenience to some people who are not Muslim for the call to prayer to

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  19. "Calvin's success in Geneva was due to the organisation and disciplineOf the movement rather than to his theology" how far do you agree with this Statement?

    At first his reforms did not go over well. He addressed the issue of church governance by creating leaders within the new church; he himself developed a catechism designed to impose doctrine on all the members of the church. He and Guillaume Farel (1489-1565) imposed a strict moral code on the citizens of Geneva; this moral code was derived from a literal reading of Christian scriptures. Naturally, the people of Geneva believed that they had thrown away one church only to see it replaced by an identical twin; in particular, they saw Calvin's reforms as imposing a new form of papacy on the people, only with different names and different people.

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  20. Landmarks of Christianity C. 70 CE Council In Jerusalem - After much debate Gentile converts were recognized as being part of the church

    432 CE St Patrick - St Patrick, a missionary bishop went to Ireland and established an organized church C. 540 CE The First Monastery - An Italian Christian called Benedict formed a community of men who totally dedicated themselves and their lives to God. 563 CE Columba - A Celtic monk named 'Columba' started a monastery on the Isle of Iona 787 CE Second Council Of Nicaea - The council fully accepted the use of icons in the Orthodox worship of God 988 CE Establishment of the church of Russia - Vladmir, Prince of Kiev was baptized by missionaries.

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  21. The Seventh-day Adventist ReligionThe Seventh-day Adventists (SDA) religion is a fast growing religion and shows no sign of slowing down. There are currently 155 SDA hospitals

    However, they differ on a number of other beliefs such as their thoughts on immortality. They believe that a person is not naturally immortal. When a person dies, they remain unconscious or sleeping until they are resurrected. Eternal life is a gift which God gives only to righteous christians, the rest will be ultimately destroyed. Thus, they do not believe that a person goes to heaven or hell immediately upon death but stay sleeping within the ground until the second coming. Their thoughts on the sabbath perhaps is their most obvious practice which differentiates them from many other churches.

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  22. Knowledge and Understanding of belief and practise The Sacrament of Holy Communion Forms Part of Worship for Most Christians

    These physical and visible elements represent spiritual and invisible things like the bread and wine in the Eucharist which represent the body and blood of Jesus Christ. Worship is important in Christianity, it's defined as: 'The feeling or expression of reverence and adoration for a deity. Religious rites and ceremonies. Great admiration or devotion.' In other words worship is an act of paying divine honour to God especially in religious services. Worship is centred on the beliefs about Jesus Christ. Many different denominations worship in different ways according on what they believe. The Eucharist (from the Greek word for Thanksgiving)

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  23. My trip to Saudi Arabia It was 1 week before I got to know I was going saudia Arabia. My parents asked me if I wanted to go

    We phoned my uncle that I was going he booked the tickets. Four days later that night every one was at my house because we had a family reunion, we were so excited to go we was chatting about how it was going to be? What the people are going to be like? How the atmosphere is going to be like? we couldn't get over it we was so excited, also we found out that we was going to stop at Dubai that got us even more excited cause we have never seen Dubai before.

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  24. A) How and why do Christians celebrate the Eucharist? b) "It is not necessary to have rituals and ceremonies in a church." Discuss.

    By taking part in the Eucharist ceremony they feel that they are obeying Jesus' command in remembrance of him. The Eucharist Service usually includes: * The confession of sins to obtain forgiveness from God. * Bible readings and a sermon. * Creed, which is a statement of Christians' faith. * The Offertory. This is where the bread and wine are brought to the Altar. * The blessing of the bread and wine. * Communion, where the congregation receive the bread and wine.

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  25. The different ways some objects are used differently in either type of worship. The two denominations that I am going to write about are the Baptist church (found in maghull) and St George's church (also found in maghull).Maghull Baptist Church

    To the right hand side of the stage is the Baptist pool which is used for the baptising of new believers. The Baptist church has decided to use chairs instead of fixed benches because then they can arrange seating according to the different occasions and events taking place in the church. The communion table can be moved around the church and placed in any place that the reverend wishes to lead the service from. A massive difference between the Baptist church and the roman catholic church is that the vicar/pastor prefers to move around the room instead of staying behind a lectern and also the Baptist church seems to have younger people joining the church.

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  • Choose two different Christian denominations - Select and explain the main features of their place of worship and compare and contrast the ways in which the features are used in worship.

    "By considering the arguments that have been made, I personally feel that there is no need for impressive structures for the use of worship. I believe that there is more need for long-term aid rather than short-term aid, still I see no need for such a large amount of money being used on just a building, but we could just have a small and not so impressive building. This leads me on to saying that there shouldn't be a lot of money spent on large and attractive buildings but there should still be a place of worship. This can be like in ordinary homes and community centres. Words: 409"

  • Critically evaluate the significance of Vatican II for the 21st Century Church

    "Conclusion The church must be the driving force to revitalise people in their work for social justice. It must use its position and authority to coax the clergy and laity into positive action ranging from voting to hands on work with the oppressed and needy. It must not expect the oppressed to change their lot in isolation but should encourage us to use our privileged position to put pressure on other countries and ideologies to address their needs. In an perverse way, the very capitalist power the first world wields, could be used to enforce a preferential treatment and whilst this smacks off social imperialism, the church should not shy away from acting as a moral guide for its followers. In this way Vatican II could revitalise the church to work for both social justice and spiritual salvation."

  • Compare and Contrast the sociological organizations of a cult, church and sect. Show how a cult can develop into a church.

    "As you can see while all considered forms of religion these three organizations are very different. They are all compromised of different people with different beliefs, which make them unique. However over the years we can see how the cult and the church are inexplicably linked together from example such as the formation of the Protestant faith and even Christianity as Jesus and his disciples could even have been considered a cult at the beginning."

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