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

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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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Can Catholics receive sacraments via Skype?

Can Catholics receive any of the sacraments via Skype?
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Are there any denominations that baptize ONLY in the Name of Jesus?

From this question, are there any Christian denominations that baptise ONLY in the Name of Jesus, i.e. and not by the Trinitarian baptismal formula? Would such a baptism be considered valid by those ...
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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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Are (or were) sacraments necessary for salvation in the Catholic religion?

According to the Wikipedia page, Though not every individual has to receive every sacrament, the Church affirms that, for believers as a whole, the sacraments are necessary for salvation, as the ...
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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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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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Why is the Roman Catholic infant baptism called “christening”?

In popular culture, particularly in stories and fairy tales, infants are christened. The story of Sleeping Beauty begins with the christening of the princess, and at her christening ceremony, there ...
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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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Why don't Presbyterians have altars?

Why don't Presbyterians have altars in their churches or in their homes? Who administers the sacraments then without an altar? Do children help out at all? In other churches, children can be selected ...
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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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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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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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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 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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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; ...
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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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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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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 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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Did all disciples of Christ's apostles consider priesthood a sacrament?

Is it true that all the disciples of Christ's apostles (including Paul) considered (in their writings of the 1st and 2nd centuries) the priesthood one of the sacraments?
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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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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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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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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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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 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 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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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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Does ex opere operato apply to infants?

"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 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 is bread and wine used to represent the body and blood of Christ?

I don't know about other churches, but 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 was bread and wine chosen to ...
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Does taking communion break the fast? Is there a Scriptural or Traditional case to be made either way?

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 ...