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Mass is the Catholic celebration of the Eucharist.

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What is the purpose of attending the mass and going to Confession?

(My curiosity is going to cost me my reputation again. Anyway, here it goes...) In Catholicism, how important is attending the mass, going to Confession and other liturgical rituals? Do these ...
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What is the reasoning for Latin being the official language of Catholic Mass?

The New Testament was originally written in Greek. But yet Roman Catholics held Mass in Latin for hundreds of years. What scriptural evidence, if any, caused Latin to be picked over Greek? Was any ...
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When does the bread and wine become Body and Blood?

Exactly when during the Mass does transubstantiation occur? I am aware that it occurs during the Eucharistic Prayer, but at exactly what moment? Would this change if a priest were to consecrate ...
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Is there a special significance attached to a Latin Mass?

Every so often, one of my Catholic acquaintances will mention that they will be, or have just attended a Latin Mass. I know pretty much nothing about a Latin Mass, other than (obviously) that it's ...
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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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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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How are Roman Catholics to receive the holy Eucharist at Mass?

What is the etiquette to be followed when receiving the holy Eucharist? Is one to kneel down? Does one receive in the hand or directly on the tongue? Are there any prescribed procedures from Vatican?
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How would a Catholic explain the absence of the mass in the Epistle to the Hebrews?

I noticed Hebrews is really the place where the Priesthood is discussed as how the priestly ceremonies are related to the Christian faith. It seem rather complete and in depth. Hebrews says a whole ...
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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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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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What's the tradition behind hand holding during the Our Father at Mass?

In traveling around my diocese I've noticed that there are some parishes that are hand-holders and some parishes that are non-hand-holders and some people in the non-hand-holder parishes who persist ...
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According to Catholicism, in the Eucharist, does the bread become Christ’s “spiritual body” or “natural body”?

According to Catholicism, in the act of transubstantiation which occurs during the Eucharist, when the bread becomes Christ’s body, and the wine becomes Christ’s blood, does the bread become the “...
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In Catholicism, is skipping weekly Mass a mortal sin?

The statistical blog FiveThirtyEight states: Weekly Mass attendance is a natural place to divide Catholics by practice — skipping weekly Mass is a mortal sin, so Catholics who don’t attend as often ...
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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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Mass readings about husbandly conduct

At Mass this weekend, we heard part of Proverbs 31 which is nice and all. But my wife always complains that, "they always talk about how wives should act, they should say something about how husbands ...
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How do I know when to cross myself during Mass (Novus Ordo)?

I've been going to Catholic (Latin Rite) Mass my whole life and am constantly surprised by the different times that people will cross themselves during the Liturgy. I only do it when the Priest says ...
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Why can't the laity preach a homily, and can a lay person ever preach?

From this, Rochester diocese ends illicit practice of allowing lay people to preach homilies, perhaps because this was going on for such a long time, a person would ask what is the authoritative ...
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When and where did Pope Paul VI say the “Mass is the most perfect form of prayer”?

I was trying to source this quote, The Mass is the most perfect form of prayer - Pope Paul VI but the Google, in her wisdom, seems to think I only want to see what my fellow zealous Mary lovers ...
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Can Mass be celebrated at any hour of the day?

In the Eucharistic Prayer III, we read: You are indeed Holy, O Lord, and all you have created rightly gives you praise, for through your Son our Lord Jesus Christ, by the power and working of the ...
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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 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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How do priests choose who is going to be the main celebrant at Mass?

When there's lots of priests in a parish or visiting priests, how do priests decide which one is going to be the main celebrant and which one is going to concelebrate (or just appear before Communion)?...
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What is the purpose of the Penitential Rite in a Catholic Mass?

The Mass in the Roman Catholic Church includes a Penitential Rite, where a Penitential Act is effected. However, as the Roman Misal states (page 55): After this, the Priest calls upon the whole ...
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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 ...