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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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Where can I find the Graduale Romanorum in Latin or Croatian in physical format?

I've been looking for the official Graduale Romanorum which sanctions which hymns, chants, etc. are allowed to be performed during Mass. Unfortunately, I could only find the Latin version in digital ...
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What non-canonical texts do Eastern Catholic liturgies use?

There are some books considered to be canonical by (some) Eastern Orthodox and Oriental Churches, but not by the Latin Church. E.g. 3+4 Maccabees. The Eastern Catholic Churches kept their own ...
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Since when has white wine been used in the Catholic mass?

In any Catholic mass I attended (in Germany) white wine was used for the holy Eucharist. There are some plausible practical reasons for that. But, as far as I know, red wine was the normal wine in ...
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Where in the Catholic Church is red wine used for mass?

In any Catholic Mass I attended (in Germany) white wine was used for the holy Eucharist. There are some plausible practical reasons for that. Are there regions of the world where mostly red wine is ...
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Does liturgical abuse make a mass invalid?

This question is strictly referring to the Novus Ordo. If there is a change of the wording of the mass, abuse of sign of peace (talking out loud and laughing, waving at others during mass), ...
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Can a priest give a Mass in American Sign Language (ASL)? What does he do when he is supposed to lift up the Eucharist while speaking in ASL?

Part of the mass involves the priest lifting up the Eucharist and saying the following aloud: Behold the Lamb of God, behold him who takes away the sins of the world. Blessed are those called to ...
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Where in the Bible does the greeting (“Dominus Vobiscum”) used at Mass come from?

Is the phrase "The Lord Be With You" and the response "And with your spirit" directly pulled from the Bible or where did that come from?
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Why does a priest say “The Lord Be With You” and a bishop say ”Peace Be With You" as a liturgical greeting?

One option for the liturgical greeting at the beginning of the Mass is: Priest: The Lord be with you. [or Bishop: Peace be with you.] All: And with your spirit. The phrase "The Lord be ...
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Why is Ex 3:10 in the reading of the Third Sunday in Lent (Year C) in German and French lectionary?

The first reading of the Third Sunday in Lent in Year C (today) is Ex 3, 1-8a.13-15. The new (Advent 2018) German lectionary includes also verse 10. The French lectionary has the same. The old ...
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Why would a Spanish Catholic priest disapprove of German Catholic texts for Gloria and Sanctus?

I'm a church organist in a Catholic church in Southern Spain, and due to large numbers of German tourists, we have both German-language and Spanish-language services. The words to the Spanish Gloria ...
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What can be said when applying ashes during Ash Wednesday Mass?

For the first time in my life the minister in the town where I go to Mass while I'm at work said something besides "Remember your are dust and to dust you shall return" when administering ashes. He ...
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How universal are the “color” masses in the Catholic Church?

In my diocese we have certain "color" masses: Red for legal profession Blue for Police and First Responders White for health care professionals. I also saw something about a Green mass for farmers, ...
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What are liturgical honours and privileges for the Patrons of categories of people?

In the Motu Proprio E sancti Thomae Mori proclaiming Saint Thomas More Patron of statesmen and politicans Pope John Paul II. declares: Therefore, after due consideration and willingly acceding to ...
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What exactly was the earliest start time of a Catholic mass before 1957? - What means aurora?

Before the Motu Propio "Sacram Communionem. On Laws of Fasting and the Evening Mass" of Pope Pius XII in 1957, the rule of c. 821 § 1 CIC/1917 applied in the Catholic Church as a ruling on the times ...
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Reasons for Restriction of Tridentine Rite post Vatican II

If I understand correctly, the Second Vatican Council ordered the revision of the liturgical books based on the constitution Sacrosanctum Concilium. These revisions where carried out in the years ...
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Did St. James write the Divine Liturgy of St. James?

This is related to the question titled "What is the earliest written surviving liturgy?", but different in what it is asking. I was reading on Infogalactic the following. The Liturgy of Saint James ...
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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 after the dismissal?

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 500 AD?

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 symbolize penance?

Is there a historical reason why the liturgical colour purple eventually replaced black to symbolize 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 ...