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Galilee

The name of the province in the northern part of Israel where Nazareth is located and where Jesus spent most of his life and did most of his preaching.

Genesis

The first book of the Bible in the Old Testament which gives us a non-literal, imaginative, and theological story of creation, its goodness, the creation of humanity, the fall of humanity into sin, the desire of God to form a covenant with humans, and the beginning of God's people from Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and their entry into Egypt where they will become enslaved.

Gentiles

A Jewish reference to all non-Jewish people.

Genuflection

The act of bending on the right knee to give reverence and worship to God.

Gifts of the holy spirit

St. Paul talks about the "spiritual gifts" (see 1 Corinthians 12 and Romans 12) which are given to each member of the body of Christ to help build up and serve the whole community and its mission and ministry.

Gloria

The hymn sung after the penitential rite giving praise to God.

Glory Be

Also called the "doxology," a fancier name for a prayer of glory, it is often used to end a series of prayers.

God

As Christians we pray to God as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

Godparent

A man or woman (although only one is needed, usually two are chosen, and if two they are to be one man and one woman) who are chosen by parents for their child's baptism or by an adult for their adult baptism as witnesses to the baptism and to the Christian faith that baptism represents.

Good Friday

The Friday before Easter, on which Christians commemorate Jesus' death on the cross

Gospel

The word "gospel" means "good news". It tells of the good news of Jesus' life and teachings. The Bible has gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.

Gospel

A particular form of Christian literature centered on the "good news" (the meaning of the word 'gospel') of Jesus Christ's life, death and resurrection.

Gospel of Life

A phrase coined by Pope John Paul II (Evangelium Vitae in Latin) to capture the Christian commitment to protect and promote the sanctity of human life from the very first moment of conception to its natural death.

Grace

Grace is God's life and love in us.

Great Amen

The way we end the Eucharistic Prayer by singing or saying "Amen" several times.

Greeter

Another type of liturgical minister, who greets people by welcoming them as they enter the church.