RITUAL The established form of a religious
ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH A major Christian
religion not of the Protestant or Eastern Orthodox
faith groups but characterized by formal
communion with the Pope, a hierarchy of bishops
and priests under the Pope, a liturgy centered in the
mass, and a body of dogma formulated by the
ROSH HASHANAH Holy day celebrated in
September or October representing the Jewish New
SABBATH In Judaism and Christianity, the 7th day
of the week observed as a time of worship and rest.
In Judaism and among some Christian faith groups,
the Sabbath is observed from Friday evening to
Among most Christian faith
groups, the Sabbath is observed on Sunday.
SACRAMENT A formal religious act considered to
be sacred observed as a sign or symbol of spiritual
In Christianity, a formal religious act
believed to have been instituted or recognized by
SACRISTY An area in the worship center where
sacred vessels and vestments are kept and where the
SALAT In Islam, the obligatory Muslim prayer
service held five times daily; one of the Pillars of
SANCTUARY In Judaism and Christianity, the most
sacred part of a religious building or worship center
where worship services are held.
SANGAH In Buddhism, a monastic order to which
members of the Buddhist clergy belong.
SAWN In Islam, the ritual of fasting.
SCREENING CLIENTS A task performed by RPs
of obtaining basic information concerning persons
seeking assistance from the chaplain at an RMF.
SECULAR A person not bound to the monastic vows
or laws of a specific religion.
SENSITIVITY The characteristic of being sensitive;
a state of being delicately aware of the feeling,
beliefs, and attitudes of other people. Sensitivity is
one of the most important characteristics of a good
SERVICE A form of religious worship or ceremony,
sometimes referred to as a divine service.
SERVICING The act of repairing or
equipment in good operating condition.
SEXIST LANGUAGE Language that intentionally
or unintentionally refers to stereotyped
characteristics of males or females.
referred to as a form of derogatory or insensitive
description of traditionally male or female
SHARIAH Islamic law.
SHELFLIST An official record or inventory of a
SHEVUOTH Jewish holiday celebrated in July
commemorating the giving of the Ten
SHIITE A major group (not Sunni) within the Islamic
SHIVA In Judaism, a 7-day period of mourning
following the death of a relative.
SHOFAR In Judaism and some faith groups of
Christianity, the shofar is a rams horn used as a
trumpet that produces distinctive notes and is blown
ritually during the penitential season. In Judaism, a
rams horn is blown by ancient Hebrews in battle
and in high religious observances before and during
Rosh Hashanah and at the conclusion of Yom
SKHAHADAH The Islamic declaration of faith.
SOFTWARE The entire set of programs, procedures,
or instructions that enables a computer to do useful
SPECIAL EVENTS AND PROGRAMS Events or
programs other than regular worship services or
programs commemorating an individual, event,
special occasion, or holiday as deemed by the CRP
to be important enough to require a special event or
program associated with the RMF.
SPECIALTY REPORTS The reports generated
from a command for special purposes. Usually the
data for these reports are gathered by RPs.
SPIRITUAL GROWTH The enhancement of the
individual in matters concerning spiritual values.
SUNNI In Islam, a major faith group (not Shiite).
SUTRA In Buddhism, a text embodying the words of
SYMBOL A physical object representing a spiritual
value, act, event, or entity.