His Dark Materials
His Dark Materials

The Holy Church was a very powerful religious organisation in Lyra's world who enforced the practices of Christianity to its society. Those who went against the teachings of the Church were deemed heretics and subject to harsh punishments including execution.[1]

The Holy Church used the Bible as its scripture and the basis of its teachings.


The Church was composed of various courts, councils and colleges which did not always agree. Among them were:

Behind the scenes[]

  • The Holy Church is referred to exclusively as the Magisterium in the film adaptation, in an effort to avoid offending religious organisations.
  • The Holy Church is based on the Roman Catholic Church.


Notes and references[]

  1. Robert Luckhurst was killed by the CCD for working for Oakley Street
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Northern Lights, Chapter 2
  3. The Amber Spyglass, Chapter 5
  4. Northern Lights, Chapter 7
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 5.6 5.7 5.8 The Secret Commonwealth, Chapter 13
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 The Secret Commonwealth, Chapter 14
  7. The Secret Commonwealth, Chapter 17