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Agnus Dei a prayer in the Roman Catholic or Anglican church beginning with these words, or the accompanying music. [1/2 definitions]
aisle a side section in a church, separated from the nave by a row of pillars or columns. [1/2 definitions]
Anabaptist a member of any of several Protestant sects formed in the sixteenth century that baptized only adult believers, opposed military service, and advocated the separation of church and state. [1/2 definitions]
Anglican of or pertaining to the Church of England or churches of the same origin and communion. [2 definitions]
Anglo- Anglican, or of the Church of England. [1/2 definitions]
antichurch combined form of church.
anticlerical opposed to the influence of the clergy or church in public affairs, esp. politics.
antiestablishment opposed to the established hierarchy, system, or leadership of a large government, corporation, church, or the like.
antipope a person who declares himself pope in opposition to the pope elected by church laws.
apocrypha (cap.) a group of fourteen books of the Old Testament that are rejected by Judaism, and considered by Protestants as uncanonical, eleven of which are accepted by the Roman Catholic Church. [1/2 definitions]
apostolate the office, duties, mission, or term of activity of an apostle, or, esp., of the pope as head of the Apostolic See in the Roman Catholic Church.
apse a projection at the end of a church or other building, usu. having a domed or arched roof.
archbishop a highest ranking bishop who officiates over a church diocese or province.
archdeacon a church official ranking just below a bishop and responsible for the administration of a diocese. [2 definitions]
archimandrite in the Eastern Church, the head of a monastery or monasteries. [2 definitions]
Ave Maria this prayer itself, used in the Roman Catholic church. [1/2 definitions]
banns a public announcement in church of an upcoming marriage.
baptism a Christian rite in which an applicant for membership to the church is sprinkled with or immersed in water, signifying purification. [1/2 definitions]
baptistery a part of a church or a separate building used for administering baptism. [1/2 definitions]
baptize to administer the Christian rite of immersion in or sprinkling with water, to purify symbolically and admit to church membership. [1/4 definitions]
basilica a large, oblong building of ancient Rome with a series of semicircular apses at one end, used as a public meeting hall or church. [2 definitions]