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The evolution of the Latin Rite as we know it today does not necessarily come from Sacred Scripture as much as it does ecclesiastical functionality. As The Roman Rite aritcle at The Catholic Encyclopedia puts it: The Roman Rite was adopted throughout the West because the local bishops, sometimes kings or emperors, felt that they could not do better ...


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Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger (as he then was) wrote about this article of the creed for the Mariological Congress in March 1995. The essay is reprinted in Mary: the church at the source by him and Hans Urs von Balthasar (Ignatius Press, 2005). He speaks about the centrality of the incarnation to Christian faith: In manifesting himself, God shows that he is ...


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I think you're looking for the Order of Mass But in General, each Catholic Mass is broken up into 4 parts (It's a little different for Sundays and the few Holy Days of Obligation than it is for weekday Masses; more things are optional for weekday Mass) Introductory Rite A. Procession in to the Church B. greeting C. Penitential rite (there are a few ways ...


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The Epistle to the Hebrews is not aware of the Mass because it is not a person. It's a letter on a certain subject to certain people. It talks about the High Priesthood; it isn't an instruction manual on what today has come to be called the Mass. Not all teachings will be in all books. Hebrews isn't an instruction manual for saying the Mass. It's a letter ...


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Transubstantiation occurs during the consecratory thanksgiving during the single act of worship called the liturgy of the Eucharist. 1377 The Eucharistic presence of Christ begins at the moment of the consecration and endures as long as the Eucharistic species subsist. http://www.vatican.va/archive/ENG0015/__P41.HTM During Mass the liturgy of the ...


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It is not a prescribed part of the liturgy, and appears to be an accretion from Protestant tradition. One authoritative source says To find the rubrics (regulations which govern the Mass) concerning these gestures, one may turn to the General Instruction of the Roman Missal (1970), On Holy Communion and the Worship of the Eucharistic Mystery Outside of ...


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Why are we "eating" the flesh and blood of Christ? 1. Because Jesus commanded us to In the institution of the Eucharist, Jesus explicitly commands us to eat the bread and drink the wine, saying "This do in remembrance of me." Indeed, as often as we do this, we do "proclaim the Lord's death until He come." Indeed, John goes even further, recording Jesus in ...


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How can one characterize (a rite)? A rite represents tradition about how sacraments (not just Mass) are celebrated. As the early Church grew and spread, it celebrated the sacraments as would be best understood and received in the context of individual cultures, without ever changing their essential form and matter. Which forms of Mass (rites) are ...


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It appears that 21st Sunday of the Year [B Cycle] has at least part of what you are looking for, as Ephesians 5:21-32 has this from the KJV: 21Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God. 22Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. 23For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: ...


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Aquinas taught transubstantiation -- the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist: Some men accordingly, not paying heed to these things, have contended that Christ's body and blood are not in this sacrament except as in a sign, a thing to be rejected as heretical, since it is contrary to Christ's words... He is invisibly under the species of this ...


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Why does the Catholic church have so many Masses throughout the week? It is because of what Mass is to the catholic church. Mass is the Single most important commandment given by Christ to do until the end of times (Do this in remembrance of me Lk 22 / 1 Cor 11). "At the Last Supper, on the night he was betrayed, our Savior instituted the Eucharistic ...


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Not just the introductory right, there are numerous variation for prayers all through the mass. There are 13 Eucharistic Prayers approved by Holy See for use in the United States.src Why are there three options? Because even though all Mass are same in essence, people are invited to meditate upon a certain theme in each mass. Prayers differ depending on ...


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am I opening up a theological can of worms in altering the order of the mass? Yes. It's not just the change you're talking about, but any change at all. The Mass is the way it is for a reason (tradition). Here's a part of tradition that makes the teaching of Scripture the foundation for the central Eucharistic Celebration. Jesus meets two disciples on ...


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Communion under Both Kinds article at Catholic Encyclopedia has answer to both of your questions Does anyone know when this practice first became accepted? During early times public Communion in the churches was received under both kinds. But side by side with the regular liturgical usage of Communion, there existed from the earliest times the custom of ...


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I don't think that there really is any scriptural reason for using Latin as the official language of the Church. However, the Church has been located in Rome since St. Peter was crucified there in about 64 A.D. In Ancient Rome, the language that was the official language was that of Latin. The reason Mass has been said in Latin for so long is that it is ...


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Exactly when during the Mass does transubstantiation occur? It occurs when a priest, in persona Christi (in the person of Christ), says the Words of Institution. Even though the complete words of institution are necessary, the common view of theologians is that the eight words, "this is my body" and "this is my blood", are on their own the necessary and ...


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I got this manual from my sibling's homework for their subject, Christian Living Formation. Hope this helps. Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 References: 1. The Order of Mass. St. John Bosco Parish Church. 20 August 2010. Web. 5 February 2012. <http://www.saginaw.org/images/stories/PDFs/missal/order-of-mass.pdf>. 2. The Order of Mass. ...


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Remember that for the first century of Christianity, it was really difficult to distinguish Christianity from Judaism. See Acts 15, for example, where the Jews are being to accommodate Christian Gentiles. As such, Jewish practices in the first century would have largely set the tone for Christian worship. Likewise, the book of Hebrews presents Christ as ...


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James T has identified that the sentiment expressed is Thomist. I can't find anything positively identifying Paul VI either, but I did find something of Benedict XVI: The Eucharistic Celebration is the greatest and highest act of prayer, and constitutes the centre and the source from which even the other forms receive "nourishment": the Liturgy of the ...


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I've also not been able to find a definitive attribution of this phrase to Pope Paul VI. Google Books has nothing helpful, and neither does a site search on vatican.va (I tried a few variations and keywords, in English and Latin). However, I did discover evidence that the basic sentiment did not originate with him (whether or not he said that exact phrase ...


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To your question: "How did early Christian presbyters learn to sacrifice?" I answer: from God -- twice. The first was in the Old Testament when Moses wrote down the instructions he received from God how the worship of God was to be performed. In the New Testament Christ Himself directs the Apostles how to worship/sacrifice: "Do this in memory of Me" and the ...


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The Sacrifice of the Mass is not a repetition over and over of Christ's sacrifice. The proper understanding is that it is the one sacrifice of Christ made present. This is exactly what we covered two weeks ago in my Religious Ed. class so bear with my short Catechism Q: Why is Jesus a priest like Melchizedek? A: Because he offered bread and wine to ...


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Although I am not a Catholic I believe I can answer your question more determinately. The only place where the exact instant seems to have been conjectured within Roman Catholic tradition is by St. Thomas in the Summa Theologica, Part 3, Question 75, ‘Article 7. Whether this change is wrought instantaneously? And therefore it must be said that this ...


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To supplement the other two fine responses, I'd like to point out another general distinction. The texts prayed at every Catholic mass fall into one of two categories: Mass Ordinary: This set of texts remains more or less fixed from day to day, with some variation based on the season or the day's liturgical rank1 -- for example the Gloria is omitted in Lent ...


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In the earliest centuries of the Church, there wasn't a pattern of using liturgical languages, as much as trade languages. In the East, Greek was predominantly used because whereas it was the first language of few people, it was a second language for many people. It's use could symbolize the internationality of the Church, but more practically, it made it ...


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This is the obligation for the people: On Sundays and other holy days of obligation, the faithful are obliged to participate in the Mass. (Code of Canon Law 1247) And the requirements of the elderly/home bound: If participation in the eucharistic celebration becomes impossible because of the absence of a sacred minister or for another grave cause, ...


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While formulating this question I found this reading that helped me answer one of my questions, why the church had retained one single language across the world for so long. The scriptural reasoning that was used to defend keeping the Mass in one language, Latin, for so long was Genesis 11:7, The story of the Tower of Babel. Come, let us go down and ...


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To answer the question “which Mass is most important,” it’s Sunday. The Catechism states: The Lord's day 1166 "By a tradition handed down from the apostles which took its origin from the very day of Christ's Resurrection, the Church celebrates the Paschal mystery every seventh day, which day is appropriately called the Lord's Day or Sunday."36 The ...


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I have recently taken few lesson of Gregorian Chant and we sung something from the Ninth Mass to Virgin Mary. Unfortunately, we stopped at Kyrie and I've heard its Sanctus just once or twice, so I can't tell whether some part of it is similar to that Aleinu record or not. I have notes for the Sanctus, so at the first opportunity I can scan the notes and link ...


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To be frank, I think this has far more to do with the role of the congregation vs. the role of the ministers. Much like the liturgy of the Eucharist, the Liturgy of the Word is a sacrifice, presented by the ministers on behalf of the people to which the people respond. Moving the creed to the center basically reverses this theological role. Not only is ...



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