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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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Why do we use the order “Father, Son, and Holy Spirit”?

The three persons of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are united in an undivided Trinity, in which all are equal in stature, according to orthodox trinitarian Christianity. Given that our language is ...
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When did Arabic enter into usage as a liturgical language among Christians?

Today, many Catholic and Orthodox Churches in the Middle East use Arabic as the language of the Divine Liturgy, often mingled with Greek. When did this practice begin? I assume that at the time of ...
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What is the earliest written surviving liturgy?

The Divine Liturgy of St John Chrysostom, for example, has been traced to the fourth century, and is purported to be based upon even earlier forms. The Liturgy of St James is even more ancient, and is ...
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What do Protestants who deny transubstantiation do with the remainders of wine and bread after the Eucharist?

What do Protestants who deny transubstantiation do with the remainders of wine and bread after the Eucharist? For example, in Eastern Orthodox Church, after the liturgy the priest must consume (I ...
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Why is purple the color of Lent?

I was just reading Mark 15:17-20 (ESV) (emphasis mine): And they clothed him in a purple cloak, and twisting together a crown of thorns, they put it on him. And they began to salute him, “Hail, ...
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Why are Mormon Temples Ceremonies kept secret from non-Mormons?

Even though only priests were allowed into the Temple in the Old Testament, all of the ceremonies and furnishings were described in great detail in the Old Testament for anyone, Jew or Gentile alike, ...
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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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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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Why didn't Syriac Christianity keep Aramaic as their liturgical language?

Syriac Christianity (as well as with other oriental orthodoxy denominations) today use Arabic as their liturgical language. It is known that they have been using Arabic since the times of Muslim ...
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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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What is the origin and purpose of a new bishop being questioned by a layperson?

At the enthronement of Justin Welby as Archbishop of Canterbury on 21 March 2013, the following exchange took place as part of the ceremony. Evangeline Kanagasooriam is a layperson from the diocese, ...
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How do Methodists understand the Apostle's Creed?

In Methodist churches, I usually see the following: I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the ...
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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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Which Psalms did Wesley leave out in Sunday Service of the Methodists? and why?

John Wesley published a modified Book of Common Prayer under the name Sunday Service of the Methodists, in which he says in the preface: I believe there is no Liturgy in the world, either in ...
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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. In ...
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Why don't we dance?

At my old church (PCA) occasionally there would be a few women who would dance at the front of the sanctuary. Later, after leaving the church, I began to feel a little bit biased against that dancing ...
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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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What happened to the Sarum rite?

The Sarum rite was the traditional rule of liturgical worship for Catholics in England, and to some extent in the rest of the British Isles, for many years. It is related to the Roman rite, and to ...
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When are lay men and women permitted to proclaim the Gospel in a Catholic church?

I know that proclaiming the Gospel at Mass is restricted to ordained folks. But, is it permissible for a lay man or woman to lead a word and communion service and read from the Gospel? Can they lead ...
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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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Is it fair to say that Baptists have a liturgy?

One distinctive of Baptists and many other congregational churches is that they have no prescribed method of worship. Unlike, say, an Episcopalian or a Roman Catholic, there is no prayer book and no ...
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Which liturgical rites (forms of Mass) are presently used in the Roman Catholic Church?

A liturgical rite is a way to celebrate the Mass. At least for the purpose of this question I will assume this meaning of the term. The standard way Mass is celebrated by Roman Catholics is in the ...
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How are passages vetted for inclusion in officially sanctioned liturgical readings?

Inspired by this question, I am very interested to find out how specific passages are "vetted" for inclusion into official church liturgical use? I realize this process may be different for Roman ...
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Is the Gospel book censed, or the reader, or both?

I attended a service of the Episcopal Church (USA) which happened to come from a more high-church tradition than I'm used to. During the service, quite a lot of incense was deployed at various times - ...
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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 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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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 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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What's the new rite in Tantum Ergo?

St. Thomas Aquinas' hymn Tantum Ergo, which is usually sung at Benediction, always seems better in Latin: Et antiquum documentum Novo cedat ritui: Mainly because in both the transliterated and ...
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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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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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What is the waving cloth in the Creed and what does it mean?

I was recently at an Eastern Orthodox celebration of the Divine Liturgy. During the recitation of the Creed, there was a coloured cloth (I think the veil that had covered the chalice) which was waved ...
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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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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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Justification of Offertories according to the Regulative Principle of Worship

I was in a church today that considers itself to hold strictly to the regulative principle of worship (that which is not explicitly commanded for public worship in Scripture is implicitly condemned) ...
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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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Why does only one person “teach” during a church meeting?

Consider these scriptures: "And don’t get drunk with wine, which leads to reckless actions, but be filled by the Spirit: speaking to one another in psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, singing ...
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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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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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Origin of “This is the Word of the Lord” “Thanks be to God”

In the past I attended a church where at the end of the Scripture reading, the reader would say: This is the Word of the Lord And the congregation would respond: Thanks be to God Does anyone ...
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What place do ritual and ceremony have in the church today? (Non-Liturgical POV)

Scripture, especially in the Old Testament, goes into great detail about the specific ways of doing certain worship-related things. For example, The ordination of Aaron is a highly ritualized ...
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Why don't Catholics divide the blood of Christ into individual cups?

This question deals with pouring the wine into one chalice instead of many individual small cups for the congregants to consume. In my experience, I've observed that the wine is always poured into a ...
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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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Why do Anglicans have the “give away” optional in Common Worship but obligatory in Anglican Book of Common Prayer?

Why do Anglicans have the "give away" optional in Common Worship but obligatory in Anglican Book of Common Prayer, and since when did people make the "give away" optional? It says so right here: ...
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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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What is the history of offertories?

Many churches take up tithes and offerings in the middle of a service, and many have an offeratory or music during that time of the service. I'm curious as to the history of this practice. It seems it ...
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What was/is different about the way the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate celebrate the Novus Ordo Mass?

I've been reading a little too into some recent Churchy news about the Pope "imposing an oath" on a Franciscan group I had heard nothing about. I don't want to cast aspersions on the Holy Father 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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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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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 ...