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A form of worship service laid down in advance and often taking the form of a standard pattern.

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The Golden Mass of Our Lady?

I spent many, many years in France and while there I read some older liturgical books that explained what the Golden Mass of Our Lady was. These all explained that the Mass in question was in reality ...
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Why do Solemnities have different readings for the vigil masses?

If Solemnities (like today August 15th) are kind of like extra Sundays, why do the vigil masses have different readings and why don't Saturday evenings have a different set of readings from the Sunday ...
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Why do most Catholic Churches not say the Nicene Creed anymore and instead say the Apostle's Creed?

Through our Creed, we profess our faith. My question: Why do Catholics say Apostle's Creed more than Nicene Creed? For example, we don't say Nicene Creed in Catholic Liturgical Mass or rarely do we ...
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What is the rationale for not making the Sign of the Cross after receiving Communion?

I was taught that is was an unnecessary act to make the Sign of the Cross after receiving communion and that what you just did (receiving Jesus) took precedence over signing yourself. What is the ...
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Is a priest's sermon an explanation of bible?

When a priest reads a gospel in mass he ends saying, "the gospel of the Lord", then continues and says today's gospel is about, does this mean that the priest is explaining that part of the bible? Or ...
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Does the priest ask for reasons to prevent a marriage during a Catholic wedding?

In some movies the priest says the following phrase during a wedding: "Whoever is against this marriage should speak now or be silent forever". Does this tradition exist in the Catholic church (...
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What kinds of things are mutable in Latin Rite Catholic Liturgy?

I got this email excerpt from the Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church emailed to me today. Is everything immutable in the liturgy? In the liturgy, particularly in that of ...
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What rubric, canon, and/or rules forbid(s) the use of recorded music in a Tridentine Missa Cantata?

The question is related to this one: What is the basis for forbidding prerecorded music in worship services? However, I am interested in the Catholic perspective. What are the canons, rules, and/or ...
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Akathist to St. Lawrence

Is anyone aware of an Akathist to St. Lawrence, Martyr and Archdeacon of Rome? I have akathists to other saints, but not to Lawrence.
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When would a Mormon choose to go to the temple instead of the church?

The accepted answer to this other question mentions that Mormons have two types of meeting locations: temples and churches. According to the answer, the churches have a 3-hour meeting every Sunday. ...
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Do Mormons view the LDS Church as a pure restoration of first century Christianity?

Based on the accepted answer to this question, it looks like Mormons believe that A wide-scale falling away from first century Christianity (the "Great Apostasy") had happened before Joseph Smith's ...
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Do these videos represent JW meetings or do they have other secret/sacred meetings that are not available to public?

[Related to this question but that one is about teachings while this one is about meetings in general] The answer to this other question about Mormon meetings says about meetings at Mormon temples: ...
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Do Mormons have Sunday services?/What does the regular Mormon liturgy look like?

I've gone past a mormon church near my house quite a few times now and I'm keen to give it a visit. However I am prevented by the fact that I can't find any website which lists their service times or ...
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According to Reformed theology are the Psalms suitable preaching/prayers/songs for Christians?

In other words, are the Psalms considered Jewish-specific or deemed equally useful as prayers and songs for Christians? For example, is the first Psalm a Christian Psalm as well as a Jewish Psalm? ...
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What was the origin of repeated confession of fault during the Act of Contrition?

What was context and time of origin of the repeated chant of ".. through my fault, through my fault,through my most grievous fault" in the Act of Contrition said during the Holy Mass of Catholic ...
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When is “Thanks Be to God” said in the mass?

When do we say "Thanks be to God" in the mass, is it in the Liturgy of the Word? Also when do we say "Praise to You Lord Jesus Christ" in the mass, is it after the Gospel?
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What exactly is a liber ordinarius?

I presume a liber ordinarius contains texts and/or chants used during masses. Does it cover the entire liturgical year? Do I remember correctly that it may contain only incipits of the to be used ...
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Can a priest add his own prayers to the Mass?

Can a priest add other public prayers to the Mass after the dismissal? If so, are those assisting at the Mass obliged to stay and pray those prayers with him?
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What liturgical languages were used in the worldwide church/broad christiandom around 500AD?

I understand that the western church used Latin, the eastern church used Greek, and the far eastern church was using Syriac. Was it only those three languages? Or were other languages in use as well ...
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Looking for the source of a Cardinal Ratziger quote regarding the liturgy

Several years ago, I remember reading the statement of Cardinal Ratzinger in which the Cardinal stated (in essence) that he desired that those who use the Tradentine form of the Mass would use the ...
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What is the difference between a Use and a Rite?

This wikipedia page gives a list of all the liturgical Rites and Uses that have been employed throughout history in the Roman Catholic Church. It lists many rites, such as the Ambrosian, Braga and ...
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According to catholicism, what is the signification of burning incense during the liturgy?

What is the signification of burning incense during mass and other liturgical functions?
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Has there ever been an Eastern Catholic Pope (Post-Schism)?

Every Pope that I've heard of has been from the Latin rite/the Roman Catholic Church. Is it possible for the Pope to be a bishop from an Eastern Catholic church instead? For example I reckon it'd be ...
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What Prayer/words are associated with the solemn sign of the cross?

With the normal sign of the cross you are supposed to say "In the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit/Ghost" as you trace the cross on your body. The solemn sign of the cross is the ...
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How did the Catholic Church function logistically/liturgically prior to the invention of the printing press?

During a Catholic Mass, there are a great amount of readings and prayers and scripture extracts/arrangements. There are different reading and set of prayers for almost every day of the year. This ...
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Laurentian Litany - How pray it?

During a prayer service in our Church, we sang the Laurentian Litany to Our Lady. Does someone knows if there exist any rules that say how the litany should be prayed (ex: standing up during ...
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What was the rationale for worship only in Latin? [duplicate]

Notice I said was because since 1969, the liturgy may be celebrated in the vernacular. I know the Roman Catholicism no longer employs Latin-only, but I am wondering why they did. Not interested in ...
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In Eastern Orthodoxy, when doing a service, do little mistakes really matter, and should they be cause for concern?

I have a question about the Ecclesiastical Typikon regarding the singer of the church. Does it really matter (i.e., it is a big problem) if he fails sometimes or instead of a song he sings another one?...
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Liturgical prayer in Aramaic

Which Aramaic speaking Christian Church(es) uses a dialect of Aramaic in their liturgy that is the closest to the dialect that Jesus of Nazareth spoke in Palestine some 2000 years ago? Jesus spoke ...
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What is the basis for forbidding prerecorded music in worship services?

My church's stated philosophy of music requires that all music used in the worship service be performed live – that is, the use of prerecorded accompaniment tracks or other audio is not permitted. I ...
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Is there a historical reason why the liturgical colour purple eventually replaced black to symbolise penance?

Is there a historical reason why the liturgical colour purple eventually replaced black to symbolise penance? This question does not have its' answer in the difference between the two forms of the ...
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Why do Catholic laity cross themselves three times before the Gospel is read?

Why does the laity (and sometimes the priest) cross themselves 3 time before the Gospel is read? Like holding hands during the Lord's Prayer, and unlike bowing at the mention of the Incarnation ...
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Historically what percentage of the Catholic Church's liturgical function was done in Latin?

I have been doing some research and reading about the history of what a church gathering looked like, prior to the Reformation. One thing I have not been able to find detailed information regarding ...
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Why do Popes have seven candlesticks on the altar at Mass?

Why is it that Popes have seven candlesticks on the altar when they pontificate a Solemn Mass? This is something that I have noticed at several Papal Masses. Sometimes the candlestick is set next to ...
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Are there any Tridentine Rite Catholic communities that also use the Liturgical Calendar of 1970?

The Roman Catholic Church has two Liturgical Forms of Mass in usage at the moment: The Ordinary Form of the Mass (of Pope Paul VI) and the Extraordinary Form of the Mass (of Pope Pius V). Usually ...
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Tridentine Latin Mass in Hebrew?

In 1957, Pope Pius XII gave permission to St James Vicariate for Hebrew Speaking Catholics in Israel to celebrate the traditional Tridentine Latin Mass of Pope Pius V in some part in Hebrew. Can ...
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In which languages could the Tridentine Mass be said?

I know that the Tridentine Mass was always said in Latin, but have there ever been exceptions to this rule? I heard that some exceptions were allowed, but have no known sources to back up this ...
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What is the biblical basis for the centrality of preaching in worship?

Among many Protestants, preaching is often seen as the most important part of the worship service: Proclamation, the preaching of the gospel, should be central to Christian worship. The sermon is ...
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Where the church should gather?

Ok, where i gather, we have a Brethren-like "house church" system, which means that we have no building for the chuch meeting. But the number of members are increasing and we are about to face a ...
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Is there a tradition of breaking pottery in the Paschal Liturgies of the Eastern Churches?

As a Melkite deacon, I'm familiar with the liturgical practices of the Eastern Churches. However, I've just seen a youtube video of something I've never heard of, and can't explain. Near the end of ...
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Who is permitted to write a canon or an akathist hymn to a Saint in the Eastern Orthodox Church, and how is it done?

I would imagine it would be a wonderful and prayerful experience to dive into the life of a Saint and compose a Church liturgical hymn for him/her. Who is permitted to engage in such activities? ...
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In Catholic evening prayer, why do some days have Psalm prayers, other days do not?

Nov 9, feast of St. John Lateran, feast, evening prayer, no psalm prayer. Nov 10, St Leo, pope and Doctor, memorial,, evening prayer, psalm prayer. Nov 11, St Martin of tours, bishop, memorial, ...
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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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Are there any parallel Russian / Slavonic – English prayer books for Orthodox Christians?

I have a copy of the Jordanville prayer book that is getting worn out, and I would like to know if a parallel Russian (i.e., Church Slavonic—Russians call it "Russian") and English prayer book exists, ...
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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 liturgy,...
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When did the early church begin reciting the Lord's Prayer in corporate worship?

I'm reading a book on prayer, and one of the claims that the author makes is that the Lord's Prayer was not intended to be recited word-for-word in corporate worship. Part of his argument relates to ...
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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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Do the Orthodox and Catholic Churches allow participation in each others' services?

Is it alright for an Orthodox christian to go into a Catholic church and vice versa? That is: Does either Eastern Orthodox or Catholic teaching object to occasional participation of an Eastern ...
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Is the term *Kyrie Eleison* Latin or Greek?

Kyrie Eleison is a term that is used in the Latin Mass of the Catholic Church. However, I've been told that the phrase is entirely Greek and not Latin at all! So is the phrase Latin or Greek? Is it ...
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According to Catholic Tradition, Is It Really Necessary to Say “Holy, Holy, Holy Lord”?

According to Catholic Tradition, is it really necessary to say "Holy, Holy, Holy Lord"? As Catholics, we say this at Sunday Mass; but I've often wondered if the triple 'holy' was either redundant ...