East–West Schism – forcibly divided medieval Christianity’s Eastern (Greek) from its Western (Latin) jurisdiction, which later became known as the Eastern Orthodox Church and the Roman Catholic Church, respectively

Eastern Catholic Churches

East Syriac Rite

Ecclesiastical judge

Eminence – see: His Eminence



Episcopal conference

Episcopal see

Episcopal vicar

Eucharist – a Christian sacrament, generally considered to be a commemoration of the Last Supper, in which Jesus Christ shared his Body and Blood with his disciples before his betrayal and crucifixion


Excardination — see also: Incardination

Excitator – the excitator in seminaries, monasteries and convents was the person charged with the job of awakening community members each morning.


Excommunication – a medicinal religious penalty that bars the person from reception of the sacraments, the rights of office, and other privileges in the Church


Exorcism – the practice of expelling demons from a person, place, or thing which they are believed to possess or inhabit