Title: A Glossary of Ecclesiastical and Liturgical Terms. Author: Nelson Iluno. Publisher: Rehoboth Publishing. ISBN: 978 978 49448 -8-5. Length: 450 pages. Export Citation: Footnote. Bookshops: ACTS, Bukuru, CGTS, Abeokuta, SU Bookshop, Ibadan, BSN, Apapa, Lagos. Price: N1,500,00.
Foreword written by: Rt. Rev. Prof. Dapo Asaju, Vice Chancelor, Ajayi Crowther University, Oyo, Oyo State, Nigeria.
write the endorsement to this reference book with a grateful heart, knowing that the impact of this book will soon be felt by many Christians who have been searching and waiting for such document. I have found in this book valuable and explicit teaching on the fundamentals of Christian worship.
We really appreciate the author of this book, for putting in our hands a relevant handbook necessary for the training and growth of Christian leaders. Nelson Iluno is well known in Crowther Graduate Theological Seminary as a student who is able to communicate the results of his scholarship to a popular audience. Nelson's interest in liturgy and ecclesiastical history has led him to develop this reference book which would assist his colleagues in ministry, postulants and lay ministers in developing and improving on the important topics, liturgy, history, doctrines and attitude that is beneficial to the church worship. You cannot even begin to appreciate contemporary ecclesiastical terms if you have not read this fascinating reference book.
A Glossary of Ecclesiastical and Liturgical Terms is a commendable scholarship carefully provided for all committed churchmen. It is a must read for lovers of Christian worship. It provides simple definitions of ecclesiastical, liturgical and canonical terms that are often difficult to find in dictionaries. This reference book will serve students, clergymen and laypersons who are interested in improving their understanding of the liturgy and liturgical terms. Indeed, it is solid, readable and accessible to the ordinary reader.
This book will help people to understand terms the church uses regularly. The terms gathered here are unique and fascinating in terms of their range and depth. It is one of the finest compendiums of contemporary scholarship. It gives an excellent ideas and development of the Christian worship. It is an excellent material for anyone desiring to start studying the Church liturgy as an individual or as a group. Students will appreciate this concise, clear and cogent summary of ecclesiastical and liturgical terms. Due to its balance presentation of issues, it is believed that it will prove a substantial help in theological schools. This work is highly recommended.
Rt. Rev. Professor Dapo Asaju, Ph.D.
Former Rector, Crowther Graduate Theological Seminary, Abeokuta.
Bishop Theologian of the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion).
Vice Chancellor, Ajayi Crowther University, Oyo.
A USEFUL HANDBOOK
This is a very rare and unique short, encyclopedia of Church terms. Our brother, Nelson has taken pains to go through this exercise to make this available so that the common man can benefit from it. This may look simple to an outsider, but it is very precious to those who know the value.
Nelson has written this book from his wide experience as a church man and also a teacher of younger people in the ministry. He has felt the need that many of us are ignorant of, and he has made the solution available. It is really a useful handbook for the advancement of people in the church: it will be a reference book to the Bishops and other ministers in the church ministry.
Of course, the author of this book is a literary man. He loves writing. We know him as a member of the editorial board of the Church of Nigeria daily devotional "The Daily Fountain." His contributions have always been very wonderful and useful. What we have in this book is a proof of that gift of clarity in expression. Nelson is a special gift to the Church of Nigeria.
We recommend this book to be used by all members of our church, including our Bishops, clergymen, and the laity as well. It will help us to gain a better understanding of what the church is, and all that we can do to advance the church. We prayerfully send the book out in the name of the Lord.
Rt. Rev. Dr. James Oladunjoye, Ph.D (Ibadan),
Bishop, Anglican Diocese of Owo.
REAL THEOLOGICAL EXPRESSIONS
In a time like this when majority of ministers in God's Vineyard yell about prosperity gospelling and self-esteem quasi-preachments, which are devoid of the truth of our commission, made known in real theological expressions, the production of this book, "A Glossary of Ecclesiastical and Liturgical Terms" becomes manifestly fundamental and apt. This is against the backdrop of people not being properly grounded in what they believe and expound.
This scenario is likened to the condition described by Jeremiah as a period of spiritual drought or barrenness in Israel (Jeremiah 14). In our contemporary missiology, there is apparent spiritual barrenness in the much we preach or try to impart. We use many "terms" in biblical tenures without knowing what they stand for. The advent of this book therefore, is a welcome development for the teacher and the taught, the preacher and the listener. It is a grand partner in the search for a true and fool-proof understanding of the history, text-definitions, liturgy, hymnology and hierarchical exigencies of the Church. Any serious Christian, student, lay or ordained worker will value it a lot, as it will lead to the discovery of the real thing.
While we congratulate the Nelson Iluno for his painstaking work, we commend this book to the minds that need to know or learn or better still delve into the depths of ecclesiastical terminologies, for informed knowledge.
To God be the glory!
Rt. Revd (Prof.) Godwin I. N. Okpala, OON, JP;
Anglican Bishop of Nnewi Diocese.
A reference book that contains all the terms you need for studying church history and liturgy alphabetically arranged. It explains complex church terms at a glance. - Nelson Iluno.
'You cannot even begin to appreciate contemporary ecclesiastical terms if you have not read this fascinating reference book.' - Rt. Rev. Prof. Dapo Asaju.
"I am grateful for the opportunity given to me to access the work of Nelson Iluno on "A Glossary of Ecclesiastical and Liturgical Terms". The opportunity has increased my knowledge. The author has done a lot of work on the topic and the book is not bias at all." - Rt. Rev. Williams Aladekugbe, Ph.D, former Dean, Ezekiel College of Theology, Ekpoma.
"This work is well researched. Notes on each term cover what anybody would like to know. I see the work as very comprehensive. This publication will be helpful for anybody in the Holy Orders, students in seminaries and even as handbook for every Anglican member especially those who care to know about these terminologies and why they are used at any given time." - Ven. Dr. Sola Igbari.
'Rev. Iluno has treated primarily those categories and terms which are fundamental to the understanding of Christian liturgy.' - The Most Rev. M. S. C. Anikwenwa, OFR, OSM.
'In these days that everything valuable is losing its place of importance fast, this piece of research emerge like a ray of hope into our liturgical and church life as a big reformative antidote.' - Rt. Rev. Ezekiel Ikupolati.
'We commend this book to the minds that need to know or learn or better still delve into the depths of ecclesiastical terminologies, for informed knowledge.' - Rt. Rev. (Prof) Godwin Okpala, OON.
'The author of this book is a literary man. He loves writing. We knew him as a member of the editorial board of the Church of Nigeria daily devotional "The Daily Fountain." His contributions have always been very wonderful and useful. What we have in this book is a proof of that gift of clarity in expression. Nelson is a special gift to the Church of Nigeria.' - Rt. Rev. James Oladunjoye, Ph.D.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR.
Nelson Iluno is an Anglican of broad experience, having lived and worked in three Provinces and Dioceses of the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion). He is a freelance writer and editor. He is the editor of Rise and Shine Magazine, and a tutor in liturgy and sacramental studies at the Post Ordination Training Centre, St. Andrew's DCC, Diocese of Nnewi, since 2008. He was a contributor and co-editor of the maiden edition of the Daily Fountain, a daily devotional of the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion). He collaborated with Rt. Rev. Henry Ndukuba and Rt. Rev. Dr. James Oladunjoye on the maiden edition of the Daily Fountain.
He remains committed to the breadth of Anglicanism, in its diversity of culture, spirituality and thought. He studied Church History at Crowther Graduate Theological Seminary, Abeokuta. He obtained his postgraduate diploma in education at College of Education, Azare, Bauchi. He was a student of Lagos Anglican Seminary. Nelson had served as the Vicar of St. Barnabas Anglican Church, Soro, St. Luke's Church, Murie and Ebenezer Church, Yana. He was the Chaplain of Trinity Chapel, Federal Polytechnic, Bauchi and of the Chapel of the Resurrection, College of Health Sciences, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Nnewi Campus, Anambra State.
He has contributed several articles in Guardian Newspaper, since his ordination in July, 2002. A Glossary of Ecclesiastical and Liturgical Terms is a testimony of Nelson's avid interest in the study of liturgy and ecclesiastical history.