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Where did Pope Benedict XVI want to move the Sign of Peace to in the Mass?

About an hour into Matt Fradd's 6 hour podcast with Jimmy Akin, Jimmy says that Pope Benedict XVI wanted to move the sign of peace from its current placement in the Mass to another place. Where did he ...
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Why are there a priest, deacon, and subdeacon at a High Mass?

Why are there a priest, deacon, and subdeacon at a High Mass? Why not just a priest and deacon? Or just a priest?
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Why is Passiontide before Palm Sunday when Christmastide and Eastertide are after their feasts?

I've been a Catholic my whole life and this Lent is the first time I've ever heard the term Passiontide. I was just wondering though, because it doesn't seem to fit the same trend as the other mini-...
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Is there a name in Christianity for free prayer vs book prayer?

I can't help but notice how, for example Eastern-Orthodox only pray prayers that are written in books. Either by saints, or clergy, etc. While for example Methodists pray freely, formulating their own ...
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What is the Mass obligation for Catholics when Christmas is on a Monday?

This year Christmas is on a Monday. My wife read in a neighboring parish's bulletin that we had to go to Mass on the Fourth Sunday of Advent (i.e. sometime Saturday night or Sunday Morning) and this ...
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Differences in the liturgy between Novus Ordo and the Anglican Use (2013)?

In 2009 Pope Benedict XVI established personal ordinariate structure for Anglican groups wishing to join the Catholic Church while retaining elements of their "liturgical and spiritual patrimony&...
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What is meant by Ordinary Time in Catholic Liturgy? [duplicate]

5th November is the 31st Sunday in Ordinary Time in the Liturgical Calendar of Roman Catholic Latin Rite . Some Oriental Rites eg. Syro Malabar Rite divide the Calendar into ' seasons' and do not ...
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What has been the argument for the entrance hymn in the Church?

I attend the Ordinary form of the Mass. In it the entrance hymn is sung more often than the Gregorian introitus. I've been thinking about the reasons for this. In the Extraordinary form we find no ...
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Clarification of the 2007 letter of Pope Benedict XVI to bishops on the liturgy

The following excerpt was copied and pasted from the following webpage on the Corpus Christi Watershed website: More on the subject of “Mutual Enrichment” : A letter of Pope Benedict XVI to bishops, ...
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What constitutes a choir for various pre-novus ordo monastic rites?

I was "assisting" (more like just attending) some Latin vespers, Mass and other hours at a Benedictine Monastery last week and I raised this question with a friend of mine but he didn't know ...
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What is Catholic "Gold ring mass"? What kind of liturgy it is?

Today's (12th of September) list of feasts and saints mentions "Gold Ring Mass", but I can not find any information on it. Google perceives this as physical quantity and not as a liturgy and ...
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Does any Catholic Liturgical Rite follow the Ad Orientem form of Holy Mass?

Ad Orientem and Versus Populum are two concepts in relation to the stance of the celebrant of Catholic Liturgy . In the former, the priest faces the Altar along with the faithful. In the latter, the ...
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Is there a specific liturgy for a Corpus Christi procession?

I'm helping to plan a Corpus Christi procession in a few weeks, just wondering if there is an official way of doing it - or even a traditional way of doing it that corresponds to our community's ...
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Has the Catholic Church ever considered substitution of the "Peace Be With You" salutations in the Liturgy?

The prayer for peace and the wishing of peace to one another are closely knitted into the fabric of Christianity. The practice definitely traces its origin to the Old Testament, and it has been ...
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The difference(s) between “The Way of the Cross” by St. Francis and by St. Alphonsus?

St. Francis wrote a “Way of the Cross” and several centuries later St. Alphonsus also wrote one. I have been reading both in parallel, and (in my personal opinion) they are both lovely. What would be ...
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In the Lord's Prayer, do some Churches Omit "Thine is the Kingdom and the Power and the Glory," as a later addition?

In my local community's Bible study last night I was surprised that the RSV's rendition of the Lord's Prayer did not include the phrase usually rendered as "for thine is the Kingdom and the Power ...
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History and theological purpose of the Sequence portion of the Catholic Requiem Mass liturgy

In Mozart's Requiem (K. 626), the most musically well known (apart from the Introitus) is the Sequentia portion consisting of the following sections: Dies irae ("Day of Wrath"), 8:06 Tuba ...
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What does Augustine mean by the "hymns and psalms" which were introduced into the liturgy?

I am puzzling over a passage in Augustine's Confessions, where he speaks of himself and his mother in the Church at Milan: We were still cold, untouched by the warmth of your Spirit, but were excited ...
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In Catholic liturgy, what is the difference between "liturgy", "rite", "order", "form", "mass", and "missal"?

This question is about proper use of terminology within the Roman Catholic church today. As a non-Catholic I am sometimes bewildered when the 6 terms "liturgy", "rite", "...
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Does the Catholic Church permit continuation of Holy Mass which has been left incomplete by the original celebrant, by another ordained priest?

Imagine this situation: Fr. Joseph is half-way through the Sunday Mass he is saying for a large gathering. Suddenly, the Sacristan informs that Fr. Joseph's mother has met with a serious accident and ...
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What is the special significance of prayers said in a hushed voice by the celebrant during the Holy Mass of Catholic Church?

There are certain prayers in the Catholic Holy Mass across Rites, which the celebrant says in a hushed voice, barely audible to the faithful. In the pre-Vatican II days when both the faithful and the ...
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Meaning of clapping at the end of mass

At the parish I'm visiting (within the archdiocese of Vancouver), after singing the recessional hymn (during which the cross, the priest and the altar helpers walked along the nave to the front of the ...
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The priest/preacher's prayer before the sermon/homily -- what is it and why do the ECLA (and others) do it?

Tried to put the gist of this in the subject. Often in my tradition (ELCA), the preacher will say a quick prayer before preaching; often it's the "May the words of my mouth.." prayer, or ...
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According to critics of the 1970 Missal of St Paul V, what specifically was good about it?

On https://www.newliturgicalmovement.org/2022/04/best-quotes-on-liturgy-by-joseph.html I saw that then-Cardinal Ratzinger said There is no doubt that this new missal [after Vatican II] in many ...
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What are similar movements exist between Easter Celebrations in the Novus Ordo and the Extraordinary form of the Mass?

Since we'll probably never have a TLM Mass at my parish for any of the Easter celebrations, I wanted to ask what the differences would be, but the differences seem to be too many to enumerate so I ...
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How do the 1962 Holy Week ceremonies compare to the 1954 ones?

How do the 1962 Holy Week ceremonies, initiated by Pius XII's 1955 Holy Week reforms, compare to the 1954 ones? cf. FIUV's PP 14: Holy Week Reform of 1955, Part I - General Comments PP 14: Holy Week ...
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RCIA scrutiny reading

When there is an RCIA elect in the mass to receive the Rite of scrutiny. Can the priest choose the gospel of the liturgical year that is different from the Gospel the Rite indicate. We only have 1 ...
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After Ministeria Quaedem, who may be a Subdeacon for a Missa Solemnis?

In a Missa Solemnis there is a celebrant, a deacon, and a subdeacon. However, the minor order of subdeacon was suppressed by Pope Paul VI in the motu proprio Ministeria Quadem in 1972. Nevertheless, ...
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What is the nature and format of a Lenten Penitential Service in the Catholic Church?

Close to the Lenten season in the Catholic Church, I frequently see announcements for a Lenten Penitential service in Catholic parish weekly bulletins and websites, which is on a weekday, and seems to ...
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How long has it been a custom to bow at the mention of the Incarnation?

I asked a question a few years ago and it was mentioned in a anecdote concerning the devil from 1374 that people were genuflecting at the mention of the incarnation https://christianity.stackexchange....
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Where did the layout of protestant worship come from?

Most protestant churches I have attended (from a wide degree of protestant denominations) have a very specific setup in the layout of their service. It generally goes like this: About 5 Worship Songs ...
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Is communion in the hand a liturgical abuse?

This question is specific to the Novus Ordo in the Roman Catholic Church. Communion in the hand is not allowed in the Extraordinary Form. It seems that receiving communion in the hand is a liturgical ...
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Do Any Protestant Churches do Stations of the Cross?

I was reading this question and wondering how Protestants, in general, would react to a Catholic Stations of the Cross service. I'm not sure of the history of the idea of the Stations of the Cross, ...
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Why is there not a Liturgical Feast in honour of the Father within the Catholic Church?

Why is there not a Liturgical Feast in honour of the Father within the Catholic Church? The Catholic Church is trinitarian in thought and belief. Yet She has no liturgical celebration in honour of the ...
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Are any written instructions to deal with accidental spilling of the Blessed Sacrament of Blood of Christ on the Altar or aisle?

One comes across, during the Liturgy, occasions where the Holy Communion slips from the hand of the Celebrant while it is being administered to the faithful. He carefully picks it up and restores to ...
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Need help understanding something from the dubia around Traditionis Custodes

The last point that the Bishops got in response about Traditionis Custodes was: A parish priest or chaplain who is authorized to celebrate the traditional Mass but must also celebrate the ordinary ...
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Are there Catholic Churches in any part of the world which have the Tabernacle fixed in the middle of the church?

Of late, there has been a controversy in the Syro-Malabar Catholic Church of Kerala, Southern India which follows the oriental rite. It comes after a decision by a recent Synod that the celebrant of ...
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Were priests just dressed in secular garb in the early church?

I was reading about the gift that President Biden gave to Pope Francis and wondering what a "Fiddleback Chasuble" was. What I stumbled upon on wikipedia was this interesting tidbit that it ...
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What is a "St. James" liturgy mass as opposed to a "St. John Chrysostom" liturgy mass?

Background I recently went to a Lebanese festival at a Maronite church and was curious about the difference between that Eastern Catholic Rite and the Melkite rite. When asking about Maronites, I got ...
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Why are missionary priests allowed to fumble over liturgies in the vernacular?

Traditiones Custodes states that ... possess a knowledge of the Latin language sufficient for a thorough comprehension of the rubrics and liturgical texts, and be animated by a lively pastoral ...
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What norms, instructions, permissions and customs are there that do not conform to Traditionis Custodes?

This bullet point in Tradionis Custodes has me super confused: Art 8. Previous norms, instructions, permissions, and customs that do not conform to the provisions of the present Motu Proprio are ...
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Has the Catholic Church issued any guidelines in relation to the language(s) to be used by churches?

India is a country which boasts of rich cultural heritage including a large number of languages. In addition to the ancient Indo-Aryan language Sanskrit,India has 21 modern languages along with 19,...
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How to not awkwardly bow to thurifer during Mass?

I've been going to the extraordinary form of the Mass (i.e. Latin Mass) for about a year now, every time I go I keep meaning to write down the questions I have and ask them here, so this may be the ...
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What are the Catholic Church's instruction on kneeling down in prayer in churches?

In Catholic churches where pews are in place, one rarely notices the faithful kneeling down in prayer except perhaps during the Prayer of Consecration . In fact, in earlier times, the faithful would ...
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Can the gloria and sanctus be replaced at the Mass with some other hymn or song?

Can the gloria and sanctus be replaced at Mass with some other liturgical hymn or song? Or can they be partially modified?
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Finding Ancient/Byzantine Greek texts used by choirs from Mount Athos

Recently I came across some recordings of choirs from different monasteries in Mountain Athos (e.g. Vigil of the Holy Cross or just collections of chants from Vatopedi monastery). Where could I find ...
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How have Eastern liturgies changed in the past century?

In the Latin Church, the Liturgical Movement and the Second Vatican Council resulted in broad liturgical changes. To what extent has liturgy changed in the Eastern churches during the past 50 to 100 ...
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Master of Ceremonies wears purple at High Masses according to the Extraordinary Form of the Mass?

Master of Ceremonies wears purple at High Masses according to the Extraordinary Form of the Mass? I can recall reading in some liturgical book that the Master of Ceremonies (MC) had the privilege of ...
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What do we know about Arian liturgy?

I've done a lot of googling but can't turn up any information about what Arian liturgy was like. Apparently the "Mozarabic rite" in Spain is connected somehow to traditional Arian liturgy. I'm ...
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How is the idea of the ritual purity implemented in the Catholic Church?

How is the idea of the ritual purity implemented in the Catholic Church? We know that in the Old Testament priests needed to be ritually pure in order to perform rituals. How is this idea implemented ...
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