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Apr
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comment Is there any evidence in the Roman catacombs that the Early Church had a devotion to the Virgin Mary?
Wikipedia suggests yes. I don't have access to any of the resources, but they might worth a look if you do. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/…
Mar
25
comment When was the name “Easter” first used for the celebration of the resurrection of Jesus?
@DickHarfield It's worth noting that Eostre also means "dawn".
Mar
25
accepted Why is saying Vespers on Holy Thursday and Good Friday discouraged?
Mar
21
comment Why does the bible never specifically condemn premarital sex?
Be careful about assuming that biblical ethical categories can be simply mapped onto modern ones.
Mar
21
comment Are crucifixes used in Protestant churches in Germany?
That's a pious explanation, but it's thoroughly modern. In the Reformation era, empty crosses were preferred to crucifixes because crucifixes were seen as idolatrous. (And the empty cross seems like a very weak symbol of the Resurrection to me – it was empty at dusk on Good Friday, after all.)
Mar
20
comment Why is saying Vespers on Holy Thursday and Good Friday discouraged?
Fascinating, thank you.
Mar
20
asked Why is saying Vespers on Holy Thursday and Good Friday discouraged?
Nov
16
comment How do Catholics believe God is eternal if Jesus died on the cross?
I don't have the references to hand to write an answer, but the orthodox Catholic answer would be to say that Christ died according to his human nature not according to the divine nature. The same applies with impassibility & suffering. Many theologians (famously Tertullian) would say that we can say "God died" by virtue of the communication of attributes. Ultimately this is one of the paradoxes of the Christian faith generally and Christology particularly.
Nov
14
comment Why is Jesus named the Prince of Peace instead of the King of Peace?
In the foreword to the KJV, King James was addressed as the most high and mightie Prince, James. This was very much the sense of the word in this era of English; all other uses of "Prince of Peace" are derivative.
Oct
15
comment In Catholicism, what is the proper order of the sacraments of initiation and what are the summary arguments in support of this order?
@Marc Certainly. But the idea of a Bar Mitzvah has changed in the intervening 1945 years, so the modern rite of confirmation is not closely related to the modern Bar Mitzvah. Moreover, I know of no particular evidence to say that confirmation was in any way seen as a fulfilment of the Bar Mitzvah; on the contrary, it was originally part of baptism.
Oct
15
comment In Catholicism, what is the proper order of the sacraments of initiation and what are the summary arguments in support of this order?
@Marc Confirmation is not a descendant/fulfilment of the Bar Mitzvah. It existed before the modern understanding of the Bar Mitzvah came into being.
Oct
15
comment In Catholic evening prayer, why do some days have Psalm prayers, other days do not?
My copy of the Liturgy of the Hours has no psalm prayers at all. Which specific book are you using?
Aug
24
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Aug
15
answered Why was Jesus afraid/agonizing in the Garden of Gethsemane if the Spirit of God isn't one of fear but of power?
Aug
15
comment What is the means of forgiveness in Purgatory?
Purgatory, in traditional Catholic doctrine, is not about forgiveness but about purification.
Aug
8
comment Why do Anglicans kneel when Catholics would stand?
Anglicans almost universally stand for the Collect, except in old-fashioned BCP services.
Jul
25
comment What is truly meant when it is said that Holy Scripture is 'inerrant' according to the Catholic Church?
Where precisely do you find the statement that the Catholic Church considers the scriptures infallible and inerrant?
Jul
16
revised Do the Orthodox and Catholic Churches allow participation in each others' services?
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Jul
16
comment Do the Orthodox and Catholic Churches allow participation in each others' services?
@JAGAnalyst That would be all Orthodox churches, then... You're quite right, however, that the Catholic point refers to circumstances when a Catholic mass is unavailable; I'll add that to my answer.
Jul
16
comment Do the Orthodox and Catholic Churches allow participation in each others' services?
@JAGAnalyst Read the whole page. Specifically the the paragraphs above the asterisks.