• Parables

    A simple story used to illustrate a moral or spiritual lesson.
  • Paschal Triduum of the Passion and Resurrection

    The high point of the liturgical year, the triduum includes the evening Mass of the Lord's Supper on Holy Thursday, the Celebration of Passion of the Lord on Good Friday and climaxes with The Easter Vigil.
  • Passion

    The death of Jesus Christ.
  • Passover

    A Jewish religious festival remembering the exodus from slavery in Egypt. Passover comes from the Hebrew word ‘pesach’ which means ‘skip’ or ‘jump’. It refers back to the passing over of the Israelite homes in the tenth plague. The Last supper is often considered a Passover meal.
  • Patriarchy

    A social system in which males hold primary power in family leadership, social privilege and often, control of property.
  • Pentateuch

    The first five books of the Bible.
  • Pentecost (Solemnity)

    A major Solemnity in the Church's liturgical calendar 50 days after Easter, it celebrates the coming of the Holy Spirit on the apostles and the enduring, energising presence of the Holy Spirit in the Church.
  • Pharisees

    A lay group within Judaism known for strict religious observance and determination to prevent the contamination of the faith by foreign practices. As a result, they were influential in the survival of Judaism after the fall of the Temple in 70.
  • Pilgrimage

    A journey with a religious purpose to a sacred site or place of importance to faith and belief.
  • Preaching

    Delivery of a sermon or religious address to an assembled group of people.
  • Prophet

    An intermediary who transmits God's communication to people; more specifically, those who do so in the Old Testament, especially in the prophetic books.