(n.) act(s) of providing care or assistance; provision of services; performance of a religious sacrament.
Usage: generally appears as plural ministrations.
(n.) a person whose religious beliefs do not conform to those of Christianity; one who does not worship the deity as described in the Bible. Note: archaic, often used pejoratively; however, some modern practitioners of nature-based or pre-Christian religions cheerfully refer to themselves as pagans or neopagans.
pej.) heathen, idolator, infidel.
(n.) the feeling or action of showing sorrow or responsibility for wrongdoing.
( v.) to arrest and hold someone’s attention (to the point that they are unable to move or act); to hold something motionless with a pointed object. Usage: often appears in past participle form as transfixed.
impale, pierce; captivate, mesmerize, spellbind.
v.) to accost and detain someone in conversation or otherwise. Usage note: past and past participle appear as waylaid.