Glossary

Terms beginning with F

Faith(s)

1)     Faith is a belief system to which adherents subscribe and the practice of which affects their outlook on life and how they behave. There are several world faiths of which Christianity is one. The major monotheistic faiths are those that believe in one God. These include Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Buddhism is essentially a belief system, which denies the existence of God but affirms the seeking of enlightenment.

Font

1)     A vessel used to contain the water of Baptism. Baptism is the sacrament of initiation into membership of the Church. Those being baptised are understood to have died and risen again to new life with Christ. The water represents both new life and the washing away of the old life.

Frescoes

1)     Most of our medieval churches were covered with wall paintings or ‘frescoes’. Sadly most of them were destroyed or whitewashed over at the Reformation. A few have been uncovered and still retain some of their colouration.

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The original core of this glossary was commissioned from Canon Phillip McFadyen of St George's Colegate, in Norwich.