This weekend over a billion people will be celebrating Easter, arguably the most important event in the Christian calendar. In this programme we hear about Easter ceremonies in the Catholic and Orthodox Churches, and encounter some interesting vocabulary relating to religion.
Vocabulary from the programme
to kill someone by attaching him or her to a wooden cross
noun form of 'to crucify'
e.g. 'Christians believe Jesus was crucified nearly two thousand years ago'
Note: When people talk about 'The Crucifixion' they always mean the crucifixion of Jesus
to be resurrected
to come back to life after death
e.g. 'The Bible says that Christ was resurrected on the third day'
noun form of 'to be resurrected'
The Friday Jesus is reputed to have been crucified; the last Friday before Easter Day
The Thursday Jesus is believed to have been arrested; the last Thursday before Easter Day
here, a religious ceremony where people come together - usually in a church
an adjective meaning holy
Note: the pronunciation of this word as an adjective differs from the past tense of 'to bless', although the spelling is the same
the Blessed Sacrament
the bread and wine which is used in Christian ceremonies to represent Jesus, and which Catholics believe is the actual body and blood of Christ
here, to make something holy
e.g. 'The priest blessed the wine'
e.g. 'The food was sanctified by the priests before the feast'
Listen to these words
Programme script (pdf - 20 k)
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