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Grail
a) Cup or platter used by Jesus at the last supper
b) Something eagerly persued or eagerly sought
Surplice
Garment worn by priest
Communion
Sharing or exchanging of intimate thoughts
Excommunicate
To officially exclude someone froma church, religious group, or just an organization
Apostasy
Abadoning religious belief, or belief in a nonrelgious principle
Chalice
Large cup or goblet
opus Dei
a) with lowercase o - worshipping God is humans primary duty

b) with capital O - organization started in Spain, conservative religious (Christian/Catholic) movement
Ascetic
characterized by severe self-discipline & abstaining from indulgences, or anything dealing with pleasure
hair shirt
shirt made by hair cloth, worn by ascetics
hair cloth
form of cloth, a mixture of cotton and horsehair, that's stiff and unpleasant to touch
monk
religious men who live an ascetic lifestyle, agreeing to withdraw from society to live a life of contemplation and take vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience
monastery
community of monks; where monks live
clergy
people ordained to deliver religious rites
liturgy
form in which religious worship is conducted
Gnosticism
alternative form of Christianity that existed until the 2nd century
gnosis
Greek for "knowledge"
gospel
a) technically "good news"
b) teachings of Jesus in New Testament (4 gospels of Matthew, Luke, Mark & John)
c) absolutely true
metaphysics
a branch of philosophy dealing with being, identity, time and space
cosmology
the science of the origins and development of the universe
eschatology
a religious perspective that deals with death, judgment and final destination of the soul
cowl
a large hood
cloister
a) another word for a convent or monastery
b) to be secluded
convent
where nuns live in a monastic environment
Armageddon
a) place where final struggle between good and evil will occur
b) any kind of catastrophic conflict that can bring about destruction of the human race
apocalypse
a) lowercase a - the destruction of anything at a catastrophic scale
b) capital A - the complete and final destruction of the world as described in the book of Revelations