Found 2 items, similar to Holy Thursday.
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Definition: Holy Thursday
n : the Thursday before Easter; commemorates the Last Supper
[syn: Maundy Thursday
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Definition: Holy Thursday
, a. [Compar. Holier
; superl. Holiest
holi, hali, AS. h[=a]lig, fr. h[ae]l health, salvation,
happiness, fr. h[=a]l whole, well; akin to OS. h?lag, D. & G.
heilig, OHG. heilac, Dan. hellig, Sw. helig, Icel. heilagr.
, and cf. Halibut
1. Set apart to the service or worship of God; hallowed;
sacred; reserved from profane or common use; holy vessels;
a holy priesthood. “Holy rites and solemn feasts.”
2. Spiritually whole or sound; of unimpaired innocence and
virtue; free from sinful affections; pure in heart; godly;
pious; irreproachable; guiltless; acceptable to God.
Now through her round of holy thought
The Church our annual steps has brought. --Keble.
(Hist.), a league ostensibly for conserving
religion, justice, and peace in Europe, but really for
repressing popular tendencies toward constitutional
government, entered into by Alexander I. of Russia,
Francis I. of Austria, and Frederic William III. of
Prussia, at Paris, on the 26th of September, 1815, and
subsequently joined by all the sovereigns of Europe,
except the pope and the king of England.
. See Cascara sagrada
. See Eucharist
(Art), a picture in which the infant Christ,
his parents, and others of his family are represented.
, a title of the pope.
(Theol.), the third person of the Trinity; the
Comforter; the Paraclete.
. See Grail
(Bot.), a sweet-scented grass (Hierochloa borealis
and Hierochloa alpina
). In the north of Europe
it was formerly strewed before church doors on saints'
days; whence the name. It is common in the northern and
western parts of the United States. Called also vanilla grass
or Seneca grass
Holy Innocents' day
, Childermas day.
, Palestine, the birthplace of Christianity.
, the Inquisition.
Holy of holies
(Script.), the innermost apartment of the
Jewish tabernacle or temple, where the ark was kept, and
where no person entered, except the high priest once a
(a) The Supreme Being; -- so called by way of emphasis. “
The Holy One of Israel.”
--Is. xliii. 14.
(b) One separated to the service of God.
. See Order
, the cross or crucifix, particularly one placed,
in churches. over the entrance to the chancel.
, a plant, the hemp agrimony.
(Eccl.), the Saturday immediately preceding
the festival of Easter; the vigil of Easter.
, same as Holy Ghost
Holy Spirit plant
. See Dove plant
(Bot.), the blessed thistle. See under
(a) (Episcopal Ch.) Ascension day.
(b) (R. C. Ch.) The Thursday in Holy Week; Maundy
, a crusade; an expedition carried on by Christians
against the Saracens in the Holy Land, in the eleventh,
twelfth, and thirteenth centuries, for the possession of
the holy places.
(Gr. & R. C. Churches), water which has been
blessed by the priest for sacred purposes.
, the stone stoup or font placed near the
entrance of a church, as a receptacle for holy water.
(Eccl.), the week before Easter, in which the
passion of our Savior is commemorated.
, the sacred Scriptures. “ Word of holy writ.”
, n. [OE. [thorn]ursdei, [thorn]orsday, from
the Scand. name Thor + E. day. Icel. [thorn][=o]rr Thor, the
god of thunder, is akin to AS. [thorn]unor thunder; D.
Donderdag Thursday, G. Donnerstag, Icel. [thorn][=o]rsdagr,
Sw. & Dan. Torsdag. [root]52. See Thor
The fifth day of the week, following Wednesday and preceding
. See under Holy
, n. [F. ascension, L. ascensio, fr.
ascendere. See Ascend
1. The act of ascending; a rising; ascent.
2. Specifically: The visible ascent of our Savior on the
fortieth day after his resurrection. (--Acts i. 9.) Also,
3. An ascending or arising, as in distillation; also that
which arises, as from distillation.
Vaporous ascensions from the stomach. --Sir T.
, the Thursday but one before Whitsuntide, the
day on which commemorated our Savior's ascension into
heaven after his resurrection; -- called also Holy Thursday
(Astron.), that degree of the equinoctial,
counted from the beginning of Aries, which rises with a
star, or other celestial body, in a right sphere; or the
arc of the equator intercepted between the first point of
Aries and that point of the equator that comes to the
meridian with the star; -- expressed either in degrees or
(Astron.), an arc of the equator,
intercepted between the first point of Aries and that
point of the equator which rises together with a star, in
an oblique sphere; or the arc of the equator intercepted
between the first point of Aries and that point of the
equator that comes to the horizon with a star. It is
little used in modern astronomy.