Glossary of Religion: L
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- (Hebrew, "To life"). A Jewish toast.
- Lambeth Conferences
- Conferences of Anglican bishops from around the world, first instituted in 1867.
- lashon kodesh
- (Hebrew, "the holy tongue"). Hebrew.
- Latin cross
- Cross with an upright bar longer than the cross bar; the primary symbol of Christianity.
- In the Western Christian church, a period of penitential preparation for Easter that includes 40 weekdays extending from Ash-Wednesday to Easter-eve, observed as a time of fasting and penitence in imitation of Jesus Christ's fasting in the wilderness. In Eastern churches Lent begins Monday seven weeks before Easter and ends the Friday 9 days before Easter. This "Great Lent" allows that Saturdays and Sundays are relaxed fast days.
- (Chinese) ritual norms
- life, meaning of
- The significance or purpose of human life and existence.
- Ling-pao P'ai
- (Chinese, "School of the Magic Jewel"). Movement within religious Taoism based on Ling-pao Ching. Influenced by Buddhist devotion to bodhisattvas, it teaches that liberation depends on help from deities (t'ien-tsun). A central ritual is a formal fast (chai).
- Lion of Judah
- Symbol of the tribe of Judah; used in Judaism and Rastafarianism
- Decorative motif of highly conventionalized flowers or buds derived from certain Egyptian plants; common in ancient Egyptian art and, in classicizing styles, in anthemions.
- Interwoven branches of palm, willow, and myrtle used in the Sukkot celebration.
- Refers to the Protestant body derived from the Reformation of Martin Luther (1483-1546). Lutheran doctrine recognizes three sacraments (baptism, Eucharist, and penance) and centers around the concepts of justification by faith alone and the preisthood of all believers. Like most other Protestant denominations, Lutheranism emphasizes the importance of scripture rather than church authority.