Glossary of Saints
The following terms are often used when talking about the rituals and practices related to the saints in the Catholic and Orthodox Churches.
- In Roman Catholicism, the process by which a deceased person is declared Blessed.
- Title given to a deceased person who has reached the next-to-last step in canonization by living a holy life and performing one miracle.
- In Catholicism, the process by which a deceased person is declared a saint. See Canonization of Saints.
- The case or file of a would-be saint during the process of canonization.
- Congregation for the Causes of Saints
- Group of cardinals assigned to manage the causes of would-be saints. They grant permission to a bishop to open a tribunal on the cause of a saint.
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- Feast Day
The day of the year dedicated to honoring a particular saint, which is usually the day of the saint's death (i.e., the day the saint entered heaven). See Veneration of Saints.
- (Latin intercedare, plead on behalf of). The act of calling on a saint to help with something or to pray to God on one's behalf. See Intercession of Saints.
A long prayer dedicated to the saints, usually recited antiphonally (responsively).
(Latin novem, nine). Short prayer said to a particular saint for nine consecutive days, usually the nine days leading up to the saint's feast day.
In general, any person who is now in heaven. In the Catholic Church, a deceased person who has lived a holy life and performed at least two miracles can be considered a saint (i.e., definitely in heaven).
- Servant of God
Title given to someone being considered for sainthood but not yet declared Blessed or Venerable.
Title given to a deceased person who has reached the second step in canonization by living a holy life but performed no confirmed miracles.
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- "Chapter 15: Calling on the Canonized," Catholicism for Dummies, pp. 273-292.
- "Beatification and Canonization." The Catholic Encyclopedia
- Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church