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Mass is the Catholic celebration of the Eucharist.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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. ...
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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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Which encyclical talks about the Mass as a sacrifice?

I am interested to know if there are any encyclicals which specifically compare the sacrifice of the Mass with the Temple sacrifices of the old Testament, wherein Jesus himself takes the place of the ...
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Does a priest have to consume the Eucharist no matter the state of his soul?

Can a priest decide not to consume the Eucharist during mass if in doubt whether he is in mortal sin? We know he still has the power to change the host and wine into Christ's body no matter the state ...
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In Catholicism since when did willfully violating Sunday Mass obligation become mortal sin?

In the history of the Catholic Church, what led to the classification of willfully violating Sunday Mass obligation to be mortal sin? I'm looking for the origin of canon law, council document, ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Explain to those knowing only of the Ordinary Form of Mass, what incense is and why it is used during the Liturgy at Mass?

In the Mass of Paul VI (OF = Ordinary Form) it is extremely rare throughout a liturgical year for incense to be used as compared to what is now the EF = Extraordinary Form of the Mass. Explain to say ...
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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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Can only the priest lead the ritual of washing the feet in Holy Thursday in the Catholic Church?

On Holy Thursday I watched a broadcast from the liturgy in a small religious community in Brasil. The liturgy was led by an elderly priest. Because of the pandemic, there were less than 12 persons to ...
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Can a Uniate (Eastern) Catholic priest celebrate the Mass according to the Latin Rite?

It is known that eastern priests can be married. On the other hand Western rite claims priest to be unmarried. So consider Uniate eastern catholic priest who is married. Can he, if he wants can he ...
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Is there a difference between celebrating Mass for a living person and for a deceased one?

In the Catholic church, the people can have Mass celebrated for someone. From the salvation point of view, what is the difference between celebrating a Mass: for dead persons whose souls are in ...
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Is it a sacrilege to take communion in hand?

Is it a sacrilege to take communion in hand? In the Old mass, Catholics receive communion by kneeling down and receive the Holy Eucharist in tongue. In the new mass, this has been changed, Catholics ...
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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 ...
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Attending Catholic mass after many years away

Say there's a once-Catholic adult who is considering attending a Catholic mass. This person was baptized Catholic as a baby, and received first communion when a child. This person did not go through ...
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Could a Catholic Church minister distribute communion to the community while churches are closed?

All the Catholic churches where I live have been closed for some time. Is there a mechanism for the distribution of the eucharist to the community (such as extraordinary ministers), even 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 communicable 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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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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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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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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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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Does a Mass intention have any value now, if the Mass will be held, possibly, a year later?

Does a Mass intention have any value now (as expressed, submitted and donation made now), if the Mass will be held, possibly, a year later (due to long waiting list of intentions)? I would like to ...
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Best wishes for a good week at the end of the mass?

The concluding rites of the holy mass in the ordinary form are somehow like this: If they are necessary, any brief announcements to the people follow here. Then the dismissal takes place. The ...
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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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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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Is there any branch of the Protestant Church that can receive Communion at Mass? [duplicate]

Does Roman Catholicism allow certain Protestants to receive communion during the mass if they have been baptized and confirmed? I'd like to know if there are any Protestant denominations that Roman ...
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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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Benefits of Mass without a congregation

Bishops of all Catholic dioceses in Germany currently ban the public celebration of mass because of the Corona outbreak. In some European countries the general public is largely confined to their ...
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What measures do Catholic dioceses take at Mass during viral outbreaks?

What changes are made at Masses around the world because of outbreaks like the Covid-19/Coronovirus outbreak? For the last two weeks I've noticed a few changes, but we don't do communion in both ...
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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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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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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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Why don't priests give Holy Communion to everyone at Mass? [duplicate]

Today I went to a Catholic Church and attended the mass then at communion time, priest asked us all to receive Communion (white, rounded hosts), but when I went there he spoke something very slowly ...
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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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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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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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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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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. ...