Outward practice of one's religion in worship or prayer expressed through rituals and ceremonies.

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What is the purpose of asceticism?

Christians have been practicing asceticism for thousands of years. Why? I would prefer sources from before the Great Schism. If not are available I will accept Orthodox teaching from after that time. ...
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Why did God instruct the Israelites to perform so many different types of sacrificial offerings? [closed]

In the Bible, there are many different sacrificial offerings (Leviticus 1-5) which were to be performed in the Tabernacle/Temple. Burnt Offering Sin Offering Meat offering or Drink Offering ...
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What do Protestants who deny transubstantiation do with the remainders of wine and bread after the Eucharist?

What do Protestants who deny transubstantiation do with the remainders of wine and bread after the Eucharist? For example, in Eastern Orthodox Church, after the liturgy the priest must consume (I ...
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Catholic Baptism Process Pre-Vatican II

Today the Catholic Church makes potential converts participate in the RCIA program. Before Vatican II could someone go into a Church and tell the priest he wants to be Catholic and receive baptism on ...
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Is Latin considered a more holy language in the Catholic church?

I've heard that many Roman Catholic churches still hold Mass services and particularly ceremonies (e.g. weddings) in Latin. Is this true, and if so why is Latin considered to be a better language than ...
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Which type of Baptism is preferred in today Catholic Parishes?

Didache 7 Concerning baptism, you should baptize this way: After first explaining all things, baptize in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, in flowing water. ...
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Why would cold running water be preferred for baptism?

The Didache, or Teaching of the Twelve Apostles (an early Christian text not part of the New Testament) says of baptism (chapter 7): On the subject of baptism, baptise thus: after having taught ...
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When and why did Protestantism begin moving away from liturgy?

I have been to some Protestant churches that have a liturgy on Sunday mornings (Lutherans, Presbyterians, etc) but most of the churches I've attended do not (Baptist, Assembly of God, etc). By ...
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What is the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God?

What is an overview of the practices, doctrines, and goals of the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God that distinguish it from other Evangelical and Pentecostal groups active in Latin America?
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Does any church follow the Apostolic Tradition of Baptism ‘in the nude’, or was that never the tradition?

The Apostolic Tradition was the work of Hippolytus, written somewhere between 215 and 400 AD. Recent scholars seem to take the later date (source). The whole writing can be found here: Apostolic ...
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Is it true that early Christians were baptised naked?

I was told that people were baptised naked in the early Christian church. Is this true? If so, could you provide references please?
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Why do Anglicans kneel when Catholics would stand?

During the liturgy in both churches, there are several times (for example, at the Collect, just before the first reading) when a prayer is introduced by words, "Let us pray." At those times, we ...
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Why do Christians in India eat meat in church? [closed]

Why do Christians in India eat non-vegetarian/meat in church, while Hindus don't eat non-vegetarian in temples? I love Christians because they won't commit violence and they don't kill people to ...
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Why do Indian Christian women wear head coverings?

It is known that many Indian Christian women wear head coverings during religious services. They may cover their heads with the end of a sari, which is a traditional garment worn by Hindu Indian ...
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Is the Spiritual Baptist, water baptism recognized in Christianity?

How can the Spiritual Baptist religion be considered a Christian "Faith" if it came from African Spiritual practices. Then, how can a Pentecostal church recognize their baptism. Some of the Spiritual ...
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How is “every man be fully persuaded in his own mind” not contradictory to the “narrow is the way leading to life”? [closed]

The following verses seem to imply that Paul was liberal when it came to the believers' practice of their faith in the Lord: One man esteemeth one day above another: another esteemeth every day ...
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How is “abstain from things strangled” not contradictory to “Not that which goeth into the mouth defileth a man”?

The following words from the Lord seem to imply that men can eat all kinds of food: Not that which goeth into the mouth defileth a man; but that which cometh out of the mouth, this defileth a man ...
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Nuns wearing wedding bands?

On a recent trip a nice nun took a picture of my family. I noticed that the nun was wearing a wedding band on her left hand. I have a vague recollection of reading somewhere that nuns are considered ...
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Why do Salvation Army members wear uniforms in the church?

I have seen Salvation Army church members going to church in white uniforms. Here is a sample image (source). What is the role of uniforms in the Salvation Army? Is it compulsory for them to ...
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At what age should my daughters start wearing a head covering when they pray?

Catholic tradition has generally dictated that women wear a head covering - be it a veil, mantilla, etc. - while at Mass. First and foremost, the 1917 Code of Canon Law stated: "...women, however, ...
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Why does the Catholic church have so many Masses throughout the week?

Why does the Catholic church have so many Masses throughout the week? For the practicing Catholic, which Mass service is most important? There are the weekly worship services, weekend worship ...
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Bland white rice and tea in Chinese-American Christian Churches

I am not a Christian, and have never been one. But there were times in my childhood when my family and I visited a Chinese-American Christian Church upon the request of a friend (usually my mother's). ...
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How did the tradition of Mothering Sunday arise?

Mothering Sunday is a tradition that dates back to at least the 16th century. People would visit their "mother church" either a cathedral or large local church and people were often permitted to ...
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What denominations obligate daily Bible reading and prayer?

It is my understanding that the default position within mainstream Christianity is that prayer and reading the Bible are key to promoting spiritual well-being and growth and that as such they are ...
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Do Jehovah's Witnesses have a systematized way of finding specific types of persons?

Do Jehovah's Witnesses have a systematized way of finding specific types of persons? Jehovah's Witnesses are known by their hallmark door-to-door proselytizing. But what I am interested in is the ...
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How are patriotic songs used in US churches?

A comical blog mentioned “patriotic worship”. It is also hinted at in this article and in this article where it is made clear that patriotic songs such as the ones listed here are sung and they are ...
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What is the religious significance of Christmas lights? [closed]

What is the religious significance of the modern practice to decorate the outside of the house and front yard with strings of light? Is it entirely secular?
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How Christians are expected to accommodate or view the existence and presence of other religions vis a vis Christianity?

We as Christians acknowledge the God’s plan of salvation at work first through Judaism in OT and then through Christianity in NT. So this question does not apply to Judaism. This plan of salvation ...
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Do non-Catholic traditions ever have family altars?

Catholics may have a special place in their homes designated as the family altar. This is mentioned many places: In contradistinction to the typical home which has a television set as its ...
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In which denomination(s) are Christians allowed to bury and hold a Christian funeral for their deceased nonreligious or just non-Christian relative? [closed]

In which denomination(s) are Christians allowed to bury or hold a Christian funeral for their deceased nonreligious or just non-Christian relative in a Christian cemetery near the church? I am ...
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Do Christian concepts of fellowship allow for a congregation to welcome atheists to participate in their community? [closed]

Due to family issues, I have come to distance people from me, mainly because the family issues made me a rough person and I am not "easy" to hang around. For the same reasons, I was never close to the ...
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Did the Christian practice of having a prayer before Bible study evolve during Martin Luther's time?

In Eric W. Gritsch's book, A History of Lutheranism, he reports, He memorized whole portions of the Bible (available in the Latin translation of St. Jerome, c. 348-420) and used various existing ...
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Is it appropriate to leave a Catholic rosary in place on a cemetary headstone?

Is it appropriate to put a rosary on a relatives headstone and leave it there even if it starts to discolor and rust the headstone? Would it be a desecration of the grave if someone removed it ...
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Are only Christians allowed to speak directly to God or can anyone?

In the book of Deuteronomy chapter 5 we are given the summation by Moses of God having spoken directly to the Nation of Israel and giving them the ten commandments from fire. All Scripture is quoted ...
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Why do high-church people call their personalized Bible study exercises “devotionals”?

Why do high-church people call their personalized Bible study exercises "devotionals", as in the Catholic and high-church Anglican traditions?
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How are Lutheran weekday “prayer services” different from “matins” or “vespers”?

From Wikipedia, matins: Lutherans preserve recognizably traditional matins distinct from morning prayer, but "matins" is sometimes used in other Protestant denominations to describe any ...
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Can you give air-kisses to icons in the Eastern Orthodox church instead of physical kisses?

Can you give air-kisses to icons in the Eastern Orthodox church instead of physical kisses? I was reading this website, which teaches church etiquette to church-going Christians. The website seems to ...
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Is it true that the Southern Baptist denomination marks no distinction between member and non-member?

Is it true that the Southern Baptist denomination marks no distinction between member and non-member, Christian or non-Christian, in that everyone is encouraged to participate in the events (sitting ...
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Is baptism a form of exorcism, or is that just a Hollywood myth?

I never watched this film, but the synopsis alone is eerie. Read this article. She then runs to the safety of a church, knowing that baptism is a form of exorcism. Is this true? Can baptism be ...
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Salvation Army and the brass band

I think it is a tradition to have a Brass Band in almost every church in the Salvation Army. I see them performing on many occasions like Easter Sunday and Christmas. Here is a sample image (source). ...
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How do practicing Catholics keep track of all the sins they commit before going to Confession?

How do practicing Catholics keep track of all the sins they commit before going to Confession? Do they have to confess all of them or as many as they can remember? Is contrition the sign of having ...
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At what age and how do young Catholics know or be notified that they have committed a mortal sin or a venial sin?

At what age and how do young Catholics know or be notified that they have committed a mortal sin or a venial sin? Basically, do they tell the priest at Confession that they have committed a mortal sin ...
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Why do Catholics recite the phrase “Thanks be to God” during Mass?

Why do Catholics recite the phrase "Thanks be to God" during Mass? They say this many times too. After the priest speaks, the congregation follows in unison, "Thanks be to God."
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How is the feet-washing ritual observed during Lent?

How is the feet-washing ritual observed during Lent? How many denominations actually do this, besides the Roman Catholic Church and the Church of England? What is significance of maintaining this ...
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What is the Order of Special Full-Time Servants?

The Order of Special Full-Time Servants appears to be a religious order of Jehovah's Witnesses. What is a religious order in the context of Witness theology? Is it theologically meaningful at all? To ...
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Protestant rejection of the Catholic implementation of confession

(Pardon the length - my original post was more concise, but wasn't clearly conveying my question.) Background: I am currently studying the Spiritual Disciplines at a Protestant seminary. For those ...
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Why should I choose one particular congregation or denomination?

Assuming that one believes in an almighty Lord, why should one choose a particular Christian congregation or denomination? For example, why should one choose to serve God by helping the poor through ...
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What is “Spiritual Warfare”?

What is spiritual warfare? And how is it different from malefic ("black") magic? One Evangelical Christian sums it up with, Prayer should not be spellcasting. God is not your djinni.