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Mass is the Catholic celebration of the Eucharist.

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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 Latin considered a holy language in the Catholic Church?

I've heard that many Roman Catholic Churches still hold Mass services and particularly ceremonies (e.g. weddings) in Latin. Is this true, and if so why is Latin considered to be a better language than ...
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Format for the Catholic Mass

I've been to a Catholic Church very few times in my adult life. It's a very different experience than the protestant Churches I'm used to. In most of the Protestant Churches, there is generally a ...
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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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Is the entire Bible read at mass?

I'm not a Catholic, but I have attended Catholic Mass and I've been acquainted with the practice of regular mass- that a certain week of the year has the same readings each year. Is the entirety of ...
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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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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 is the reason to genuflect when the Incarnation is mentioned?

At Mass during the recitation of the Nicene Creed and when praying the Angelus, it is common (or required?) for the congregation to bow or genuflect (bend one knee) during these lines: For us men ...
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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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What is the significance of priest breaking the bread (Host) in a Catholic mass?

In a Catholic mass, just before the distribution of communion to people, the priest breaks the Host in to pieces and people simultaneously acclaim: Lamb of God you take away the sins of the world, ...
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When does the obligation to attend Mass begin?

Does the obligation to attend Mass begin after you have been baptized? If you were baptized as a child do your parents have to bring you to Mass with them and after a certain age you must decide to ...
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Can or should a consecrated Host be adored by way of a live Eucharistic televised broadcast?

I've often wondered, while watching the various televised Eucharistic celebrations on EWTN (i.e. the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, Eucharistic adoration, World Youth Day events, etc.), whether or not ...
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Is this melody part of the French church mass?

In this article, in the section entitled The “Great” Aleinu History, the author writes that a particular melody used in Jewish High Holiday prayers was added to the French Church Mass in the late 12th ...
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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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Why would one literally eat the body of Christ, if it is literal?

According to those who hold that the bread and wine do not merely represent the body and blood of Christ, but actually are those things, why are those things eaten? Should they not be buried?
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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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Why do Catholics recite the phrase “Thanks be to God” during Mass?

Why do Catholics recite the phrase "Thanks be to God" during Mass? They say this many times too. After the priest speaks, the congregation follows in unison, "Thanks be to God."
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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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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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What languages were used during Mass from paleo-Christianty until the Council of Trent?

I know Latin was a vulgarization in attempting to make Mass more accessible to Christians. So which were the languages used in paleo-Christian Mass? Koine Greek, classical Greek, or something else? ...
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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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According to Roman Catholic teaching, did Martin Luther's alterations to the order of the Mass invalidate his consecration of the elements?

In the Catholic Church (at least, according to the Church's teaching today), a validly ordained priest retains the powers of the priesthood for life, even if he is excommunicated or laicized and thus ...
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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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What is the theological justification for only the priest drinking the wine in a Catholic Mass?

I recently attended a Catholic Mass for a funeral. When it came time for the observance of the Lord's Supper, only the priest drank the wine. There may be some protestant churches which also follow ...
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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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How do Aquinas and Hooker differ in their doctrine on communion?

In The Screwtape Letters (1942), C. S. Lewis records the words of the devil Screwtape on church shopping and factionalism (letter 16): The real fun is working up hatred between those who say "mass" ...
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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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Can a priest validly celebrate a mass without anybody else present?

Say that a priest for whatever reason wanted to do a mass by himself. He does all the parts of the liturgy, including the consecration of the Eucharist. The only thing is, he’s completely alone; ...
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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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Is holding hands and forming a circle around the altar during eucharistic prayer allowed?

We have a new priest in our parish who does things differently. Today in Mass he invited all children to form a circle around the altar with him and hold hands. I know that some priests do this while ...
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Why are there differences in the “Greeting” of the Mass?

This website lists three options for the greeting recited by the presider of the Mass. After the following: Priest: In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. [All ...
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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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Why did priests begin to sacrifice?

I attended a class on the Sacraments last night and the presenter was talking about how Bishops, priests and deacons were specifically mentioned in the NT. It made me wonder, how did Christians get ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Is it allowed to deviate from the Catholic Liturgical Calendar during a pilgrimage?

Later this year I am helping to lead a Marian pilgrimage. The days we are away are all non-Marian feasts or obligatory memorias. (Following the general Catholic Liturgical Calendar.) Is it ...
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Is a Roman Catholic allowed by Church law to receive sacraments from other Churches in full communion with Rome?

In a simple example, a Roman Catholic gets an invitation from a Maronite Catholic to attend Mass in the latter's rite. Can a Catholic participate in the Mass to the point of receiving Communion from ...
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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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What is the relationship between the mass and the cross in precise terms?

I have read that during a mass the sacrifice of the cross is "re-presented" which is to say "presented again", which implies that the single sacrifice of the cross is just neatly packaged up and ...
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Why did “versus populum” (instead of “ad orientem”) become commonplace after Vatican II?

Why did versus populum (the priest facing the congregation) become commonplace after Vatican II, when ad orientem ("facing east," with the priest's back to the congregation) was the norm before ...
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Why does the Catholic church have so many Masses throughout the week?

Why does the Catholic church have so many Masses throughout the week? For the practicing Catholic, which Mass service is most important? There are the weekly worship services, weekend worship ...
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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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Funeral Mass vs. Mass for the Deceased

My mother is recently deceased. My siblings want just a Mass said for our recently deceased mother. Is there a Mass for the Deceased other than a funeral?
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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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Do Orthodox churches offer daily Mass?

Many Catholic Churches offer Mass every day, sometimes more than once per day. Which other churches do this? (I'm particularly wondering about the Eastern Orthodox, Oriental Orthodox and Church of the ...
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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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What theological statement would be made if the Creeds preceded the homily?

In both the Anglican and Catholic Mass, the Liturgy of the Word (aka reading the lessons), begins with Scripture, includes a Homily, and then concludes with the recitation of one of the Creeds. ...