Alms ( /ɑːmz/, /ɑːlmz/) or almsgiving is a religious rite which, in general, involves giving materially to another as an act of religious virtue. It exists in a number of religions and regions. The word, in the modern English language, comes from the Old English ælmesse, ælmes, from Late Latin eleemosyna, from Greek ἐλεημοσύνη eleēmosynē "pity, alms", from ἐλεήμων eleēmōn "merciful", from ἔλεος eleos "pity".

Read more about Alms:  Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism

Other articles related to "alms":

Separatio Leprosorum
... Those present would provide alms for the "deceased" and offer a prayer ... a shouted warning of "Unclean"), a cross, and an alms box ... at the edge of the community, where they would plant the cross and alms box, and where they were to remain at all times ...
Alms - Judaism
... In Judaism, Tzedakah (charity) is seen as one of the greatest deeds that man can do ... The bible states that Jews must give at least 10% of their income to the poor ...
Belisarius Begging For Alms
... Belisarius Begging for Alms (French Bélisaire demandant l'aumône) is a large-format (288 × 312 cm) history painting in oil on canvas by Jacques-Louis ... Ages) was later blinded by the emperor and reduced to begging for alms on the street ...
Alms (disambiguation) - Music
... Alms, an album by Re "Alms", a song by The Futureheads from their album The Futureheads "Alms! Alms!", a song from the 2007 musical-thriller film Sweeney Todd The Demon Barber of Fleet ...
Commissariat Of The Holy Land
... or district assigned to a commissary, whose duty it is was to collect alms for the maintenance of the Catholic Holy Places in Palestine/Israel committed to the care of the Friars Minor ... every year a detailed account of the alms received ... These alms may not, under any circumstances, without express permission of the Holy See, be applied to other purposes, however pious and meritorious, under grave ecclesiastical penalties ...

Famous quotes containing the word alms:

    If alms were only given out of pity, all the beggars would have starved to death.
    Friedrich Nietzsche (1844–1900)