Sacred rites, especially those of the Catholic and Orthodox churches.

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Why does the Salvation Army not administer the sacraments of baptism and the Lord's Supper?

While reading a book on Reformed theology (The Shorter Westminster Catechism, by G. I. Williamson), I came across a brief criticism of the Salvation Army's views on the sacraments: A very ...
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Is the marital act of consumating marriage part of Sacred Tradition in the Catholic Church?

How far back does the idea of consummating a marriage go? Is it tied to the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony? Is it like going to confession, but not fully receiving the sacrament of reconciliation ...
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Why did Jesus use bread to turn into His body? [closed]

In the Catholic church you have communion, in which you receive the body and blood of Christ in the form of bread and wine. Why do bread and wine become the body and blood of Christ, rather than ...
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Why don't most Protestants consider confession to be a sacrament?

Most Protestants recognise only two sacraments, saying something like this (from the Anglican 39 Articles): There are two sacraments ordained of Christ our Lord in the Gospel, that is to say, ...
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Does the priest have the power to forgive sins?

John 20:22-23 (KJV) 22  And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost: 23  Whose soever sins ye remit, they are remitted unto them; and ...
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Which Bible verses support adult-only baptism?

I am a Reformed Presbyterian and it seems that for most people I run into, baptism for 'adults' after confession of faith only is the default position. I always find myself fighting an uphill battle ...
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Does taking communion break the fast? Is there a Scriptural or Traditional case to be made either way? [closed]

Now, once, I was fasting. I was destined to fast for three weeks. Now the church that I went to had Communion once every month, and it happened that my second last Sunday of fasting was my church's ...
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What is the Lutheran doctrine of consubstantiation and how does it differ from transubstantiation and a more general protestant sacramental view?

In transubstantiation, the bread and wine are said to become the literal body and blood of Jesus. Consubstantiation appears to affirm that "this is my body" does apply to the bread and wine, but not ...
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What makes a confession sacramental?

In the Catholic tradition, confession to a priest is treated with special protection as a sacred rite. The priest is charged with maintaining the confidential nature of the confession, something they ...
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Did John Wycliffe accept extreme unction?

According to Bruce Shelley, in Church History in Plain Language, John Wycliffe, the early dissident in Catholicism, accepted the sacrament of extreme unction: He retained belief in purgatory and ...
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Why do LDS use water and leavened bread in communion when the Jews used wine and unleavened bread?

I recently read somewhere that in the LDS observance of communion, water and leavened bread is used. The practice of communion comes from the Jewish Passover ceremony where wine and unleavened bread ...
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If marriage is not a sacrament for reformed churches, how to interpret Ephesians 5:32?

As far as I know, Martin Luther in his "Vom ehelichem Leben" indicates that marriage is not a sacrament. Calvin mentioned in the Institutes that it was Gregory I who denoted marriage as a sacrament. ...
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Can priests (or popes) administer sacraments in a liturgy other than their own?

As I understand it, the Roman Catholic Church consists of a number of "particular churches" with separate liturgical traditions. For example, the Ruthenian and Hungarian Greek Catholic Churches use ...
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What are the protestant arguments against a sacramental economy?

Given that all the 7 sacraments (Baptism, Confirmation, Holy Eucharist, Marriage, Holy Orders Anointing of the Sick and Reconciliation) are each explicitly mentioned in the Bible as commands put forth ...
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What is the distinction between a sacrament and an ordinance?

I have observed that Catholics and some other denominations call certain things they do "sacraments", and Protestants call certain things they do "ordinances". I am not a Christian, but as an ...
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Is there a Catholic list of Old Testament sacraments?

Augustine said that there are fewer sacraments in the New Covenant than there were in the Old: Thus the sacraments of the Old Testament, which were celebrated in obedience to the law, were types ...
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What biblical and historical support is there for the practice of child communion.

About seven years ago my wife and I (who are childless) left our old church and set out to find the best church we could in the area. We ended up in a church that practices paedo (child) communion. ...
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What is the basis for the Catholic practice of only the priest drinking from the common cup during communion?

I've heard from a number of people that in most Catholic churches, only the priest drinks from the common cup in communion. Is this true? Assuming it is true, what is the basis for this teaching?
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What is the sacramental principle at work with Anointing of the Sick?

Of the seven sacraments in the Catholic Church. I see how each of them are some form of Sacramentum, an oath between man and God. Marriage has a marital vow Holy orders is a vow to be a priest, ...
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What happens to one's sins if the priest omits the words of the Absolution?

Say a penitent, in the Sacrament of Reconciliation, confesses his sins with heartfelt sorrow. Now suppose that priest omits deliberately to use the words of the formula (please see below especially ...
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What are the ordinances Paul refers to in 1 Corinthians 11:2?

What are the ordinances Paul refers to in 1 Corinthians 11:2? 1 Corinthians 11:2 (KJV) 2 Now I praise you, brethren, that ye remember me in all things, and keep the ordinances, as I ...
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Why did foot washing become a common practice in Christianity?

I am aware that some, but certainly not all, Protestant denominations employ the practice of foot washing in their services. I understand that this is based on John 13, where Jesus washes the feet of ...
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On what grounds does the Catholic church reject sacraments of protestant denominations?

While there is a wide range of opinion among adult-baptism protestants as to whether a Catholic (or other infant) baptism is or can be considered valid, there seems to be (at least in my experience) a ...
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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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Martin Luther's Sacramentology

I was reading Luther's Larger Catechism, and I came upon the section where he discusses the sacraments. I must confess, as a Baptist with a profound respect for Luther, some of these concepts are very ...
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How can anointing the sick confer forgiveness of sins in Catholicism?

In Catholicism, there are 7 sacraments. One of these is anointing of the sick or extreme unction. It is meant to provide comfort to the sick, peace and courage. In the event that the individual cannot ...
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How do credo-baptists explain baptism in the Nicene Creed?

How do credo-baptists explain "baptism for the remission of sins" in the Nicene Creed? Is this phrase interpreted in some way as being symbolic?
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What is the difference between apostolic pardon and absolution?

I was preparing for Catechism Class tonight on the the last things, the notes in my teachers manual say that unconscious people receive "apostolic pardon" if they get the anointing of the sick while ...
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Is it valid to use grape juice at Communion? [closed]

Given that wine was used by Christ at the last supper. It is valid to use grape juice in the remembrance of the Lord's Table?
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Why don't Presbyterians have altars? [closed]

Why don't Presbyterians have altars in their churches or in their homes? Who administers the sacraments, especially communion, then without an altar? Do children help out at all? In other churches, ...
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In what order were the Sacraments added?

In his book The Pursuit of God, A. W. Tozer has this phrase: 'The sacraments' were first two, then three, then four, until with the triumph of Romanism they were fixed at seven. What were these ...
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What is the basis for First Communion?

I understand that Catholics practice First Communion for kids. What is the basis for this practice in the Catholic church? What is the proper age?
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Are Eucharistic ministers allowed to break the host?

I'd like to know if Eucharistic ministers are allowed to break a consecrated host? I witnessed this happening and I didn't think they had the right to do it. I was searching for the answer but some ...
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Transubstantiation while barred from sacraments

If someone is banned from receiving the sacraments through interdict or excommunication but does so anyway (perhaps they go to a different parish where their status is not known) does the sacrament ...
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Is Baptism of a child still valid if one of the pouring during baptism misses?

In the Rite of Baptism for one Child the Celebrant when baptizing the child, says and does: N., I baptize you in the name of the Father, He immerses the child or pours water upon it. ...
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Can a practicing Catholic be an ordained minister of the Universal Life Church Monastery?

Stephen Colbert's wikipedia bio states: Colbert is a practicing Roman Catholic and a Sunday school teacher and an ordained minister with the Universal Life Church Monastery. These two (bolded) ...
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Who is to administer The Holy Sacraments

What is the biblical support for the practice that only ordained church leaders should administer the only sacraments of baptism and the Lord's Supper?
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How do Protestants in general respond to these points concerning them?

I haven't had much experience interacting with Catholics, but I have had a lot of interactions with the Orthodox and have been exposed to many of their writings and teachings. Whenever I would talk to ...
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How does a baptismal certificate work?

How does a baptismal certificate work? Why do you even need a certificate? Would other churches disqualify your baptism, or disallow you from participating in other sacraments, if you happen to lose ...
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What's the Protestants' view on the purpose of sacraments?

Once an orthodox priest told me that Protestants themselves don't know what they need the sacraments for. He said that since they deny the doctrine of transubstantiation and have separated themselves ...
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Why wouldn't a practicing Catholic joke about the Sacraments and what would happen if they did?

Stephen Colbert is a high profile entertainer and an out-an-proud Roman Catholic. As reported by the Daily Beast, prior to taking on his new role as host of the The Late Show, he sat down in an ...
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Is the receipt of the Sacrament of Confirmation a requirement before receiving the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony?

I'm contemplating of getting married. However, I haven't been confirmed yet. I need to know if it's actual Catholic law or if it's simply tradition to receive Confirmation before getting married. ...
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In the Latin Catholic Church, would clerics administer the last rites if the sick person's illness is contagious and deadly?

In the Latin Catholic Church, would clerics administer the last rites if the sick person's illness is contagious and deadly? Diseases can be deadly and can spread by water, air, and/or bodily fluids. ...
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Can Catholics receive sacraments via Skype?

Can Catholics receive any of the sacraments via Skype?
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During Lutheran Confession, can the confessor refuse to absolve the sins of the penitent?

During Lutheran Confession, can the confessor refuse to absolve the sins of the penitent, if he or she thinks that the penitent is not being sincere? What if the penitent is sincere but cannot resist ...
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Does ex opere operato apply to infants? [closed]

"Ex opere operato" says that a person must have the proper disposition and desire in order to receive graces through sacraments (correct me if I'm over simplifying this). Does this not apply to ...
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What difference does baptism make when it comes to marriage?

Here is a hypothetical example of what may be a very common situation. Bill and Martha have been seeing each other for four years. Both were raised in Catholic families, but were not baptized. They ...
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If I die before I can confess my sins, can I just confess them to God in Heaven?

When packing for a trip, sometimes we forget something small: a toothbrush, shaving cream, or socks. In order to compensate, we simply make a quick pit stop at a nearby convenience or department store ...
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In Catholic teaching, to what scripture is each of the seven sacraments referenced?

In Catholic teaching, to what scripture (OT and NT) is each of the seven sacraments referenced? The seven sacraments are: Baptism, Confirmation (or Chrismation), the Eucharist, Penance, the ...