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  • n. An advocate, especially the Holy Spirit.

Etymologies

From Old French paraclit, from Late Latin paraclet, from Latin paracletus ("advocate, defender, helper, protector, conforter"), from Ancient Greek παράκλητος (paraklētos, "called to help, helper"), from παρά (para, "beside") + καλέω (kaleō, "I call") (Wiktionary)

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  • Greek for 'defense attorney' in modern parlance

    April 24, 2009

  • The Gnostic Society - Writings of Manichaean Writings
    (http://www.gnosis.org/library/manis.htm)

    April 24, 2009

  • (paraclete) The prophet Mani around 150 AD around Iran/Iraq a gnostic Christian. The word not only as holy spirit, but a spirit twin (the Helper) on the parallel side of heaven.

    April 24, 2009

  • From the 1940’s through the 1960’s, bishops and superiors of religious orders sent their problem priests to Father Fitzgerald to be healed. He founded the Servants of the Paraclete in 1947 (“paraclete�? means “Holy Spirit�?), and set up a retreat house in Jemez Springs, N.M.

    The New York Times, Early Alarm for Church on Abusers in the Clergy, by Laurie Goodstein, April 2, 2009

    April 3, 2009

  • I once thought only Catholics used this word.

    February 2, 2007