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Mass is the Catholic celebration of the Eucharist.

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Is the Creed a prayer? (Catholic mass)

The Creed (Nicene, Apostles, etc) is formally a "profession of faith". It's basically Catholics publicly declaring their beliefs. But, is it also a prayer? It doesn't seem to be directed to God, nor ...
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According to Catholicism, does Welch’s Grape Juice constitute valid matter for the consecration of the Mass?

According to Catholicism, does the usage of Welch’s Grape Juice constitute valid matter for the consecration of the Eucharist at a Catholic Mass? Some priests who are alcoholics may obtain a ...
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Late for Mass, can I still receive the Eucharist?

I got to Mass late yesterday (like at the start of the Homily during a weekday mass, so really only about 7 minutes - because of an unexpected detour) and I told my wife that we shouldn't go up for ...
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Why do the faithful have to say “And with your spirit ” in the Catholic Mass?

In the Catholic Holy Mass (Ordinary Form of the Mass in the Latin rite), the prayer for peace is said more than once . But, when the priest says "Peace be with you"the faithful respond by saying "And ...
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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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What should a priest who commits a mortal sin just before Holy Mass do, if confession is not available?

Imagine following situation. There is a parish in a small village. There is only one priest in that parish (let's call him Fr. Nomen Nescio). It is Easter Sunday (or some important day on which laity ...
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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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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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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 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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What happens if a host is dropped during communion? (Catholic)

At around 1:15:05 of the movie Therese (based on the life of St. Thérèse of Lisieux, late XIX century), we can see the host being dropped and then put in a piece of cloth and taken away. This seems ...
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Is it allowed to receive the Precious Blood before the Body of Christ in a Catholic Mass?

I've never seen such a reversal of orders, but I wonder if it is allowed by the regulation of the rites. For example, the official norms about communion in the US seem not to make mention on the order,...
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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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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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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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In the history of the Catholic Church, has the Sunday obligation to go to Mass ever been dispensed of due to some serious communcable disease?

Has the Sunday obligation to go to Mass ever been dispensed of due to some serious communcable disease? I am interested in knowing if Rome (the pope) ever permitted the faithful to refrain from going ...
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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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Is the Latin Mass, when celebrated not in Full Communion with Rome, not pleasing & acceptable to God?

For brevity, I would clarify my question as relating to the Traditionalist groups who are in full opposition to Pope Francis and to the teachings of Vatican II but would still consider themselves as ...
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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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Is the Gloria primarily a song of repentance, contrition and forgiveness or of praise?

In the Gloria, we sing: Glory to God in the highest. And on earth peace to men of good will. We praise You. We bless You. We adore you. We glorify You. We give You thanks for Your great glory. O ...
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What is the purpose of offering a mass for someone?

I recently made a donation to a Catholic organization and was told that, as a thank you, a mass would be offered for me. What does this mean? Does this mean that I have "sponsored" the mass in the ...
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Is a mass interruption a standard procedure in case of a supposed Eucharistic miracle?

I have read several stories about Eucharistic miracles and it seems the mass is always interrupted on such event. Is it a standard procedure (as for 4th June 2018) or is it up to the priest? More ...
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How much of the Catholic Mass is inherited from the Jewish Shabbat service?

I was watching this Shabbat video (a service to mark the beginning of the Sabbath, in Friday night), and there seems to be several similarities with the Mass rite (at least the Catholic one). (Notice ...
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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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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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How should the Mass be explained to a first time visitor? [closed]

I know a Japanese person who is interested in the Catholic faith who plans to attend Mass despite not knowing anything about it. I think this person would greatly benefit from a summary explaining ...
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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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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 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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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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The Interim Roman Missal of 1965?

We all know that Pope Benedict XVI authorized the a more broad usage the Mass according to the usage of the 1962 edition of the Roman Missal in his Motu Proprio On the use of the Roman liturgy prior ...
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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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Where to find the up to date catholic missals for each languages?

I was able to find a latin missal (cf. MISSALE ROMANUM, from 1962), but what I would like to find are translations in other languages (and the more recent "editio typica tertia"). I guess those should ...
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Is every single minute of the year a mass being celebrated in the Roman Catholic Church? If so, since when?

Update: as stated by brasshat's answer below, the Good Friday mass is not celebrated in the Roman Catholic world. Naturally, this makes the answer to my question apparently trivial. It is not totally ...
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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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How is one expected to ask for a dispensation to miss Sunday mass due to work obligations?

The Catechism for the Catholic Church says that missing mass on Sunday is a grave sin, unless there is a serious reason (like needing to care for others), or a dispensation is given by their pastor. ...
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Could a Catholic priest potentially use a digital tablet (iPad, etc.) for the Lectionary or the Book of the Gospels during mass?

In the Catholic Masses I have been to, it begins with a procession of the priest along with acolytes and such and someone is holding up the Book of the Gospels decorated in gold or otherwise. This ...
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Does the Anglican Use have the capacity and resources to celebrate daily mass and if so, are there any Ordinariate communities which do?

In the Roman rite we have the Tridentine liturgy (Extraordinary form) and the Novus Ordo liturgy (Ordinary form). Both of these liturgies have unique liturgical calendars, and unique cycles of ...
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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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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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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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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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No non-Latin prayers in European churches before Reformation?

Is this true that before the Reformation, all Christians in Europe would have to study Latin in order to understand the prayers pronounced during Masses in Roman Catholic Churches?
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If you are in mortal sin but went to mass anyways are you in less of a sinful state?

Let's say John is in an invalid marriage and he intends to convalidate at some point but he is waiting for practical reasons such as making sure family can attend and it will take some time and money. ...
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Is physical presence in the church necessary to fulfill the Sunday mass obligation?

I was checking out the website of a rural parish in Ireland and I noticed that the main parish has many small churches in the surrounding villages. The small churches don't necessarily have a priest ...