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Hail Mary

The greeting of the angel Gabriel to Mary, when she discovers she is to be the mother of Jesus (Luke1:28).

Heaven

Heaven is being happy with God forever.

Hebrew

This is the original language of the Old Testament, the language of the Jewish people, and the name used at times for the Jewish people.

Hell

A state of being for those who die refusing to accept God's love or renounce the evil they have done.

Henry Formby

Born 1816; died at Normanton Hall, Leicester, 12 March, 1884. His father, Henry Grenehalgh Formby, was the second son of Richard Formby of Formby Hall, Lancashire. The family had been Catholic until the eighteenth century, when, with the exception of a younger branch, they lost the Faith and closed the chapel of their fifteenth-century mansion.

Heresy

A belief that contradicts a doctrine of the Church. For example: Jesus was not divine.

Holy Communion

Receiving the real presence of Jesus' body and blood by taking and eating the holy bread and, if we choose, taking and drinking the holy wine.

Holy Land

The name Christians use of Israel, due to all the biblical events that took place there, especially the life, death and resurrection of Jesus.

Holy Saturday

The day before Easter, traditionally a day of fasting, though not required, ending with the celebration of the Easter Vigil.

Holy See

Another name for the pope's authority. It comes from an old word for "chair" and refers to the official chair in Rome that symbolizes the pope's teaching authority.

Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of God who unites us all in love and inspires us to love others as God loves us.

Holy Thursday

The Thursday of Holy Week, where we remember the Last Supper and the institution of the Eucharist by Jesus, along with the washing of the feet.

Holy Week

A way to designate the time from Palm Sunday through Easter as Christians celebrate the great events of their faith.

Holy, Holy/Sanctus

The hymn sung as we enter into the second part of the Mass to remind us that all the angels and saints join us in our prayer to God.

Days of the Church's liturgical year on which Catholics are asked to attend Mass, if possible. Such holydays vary from country to country but there are a minimum of two per year

Homily

When the priest or deacon talks about the readings (the Word of God) and explains their meaning and how we should live it out.

Hope

One of the three theological (God-originated) virtues, which enables a person to live in a trusting relationship to God and all of reality because of the firm faith one has that all ultimate rests with God.

Hymnal

Book of songs we use in church to sing from