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Sacred rites, especially those of the Catholic and Orthodox churches.

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If Eastern Orthodoxy sees marriage as an eternal and unbreakable bond, why do they permit divorce?

The Wikipedia article for Marriage in Eastern Orthodoxy describes in almost poetic terms how marriage cannot be dissolved, even by death, because Christ has defeated death. If I'm interpreting all ...
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In Catholicism, in case of emergency Is it valid to baptise a large assembly of people with a fire hose?

In an emergency is it possible to baptise a large group of catechumens (around 100 or more) with a firehose or some other "group baptism" method, such as walking outside during rain? The catechumens ...
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What's the Protestants' view on the purpose of sacraments?

Once an orthodox priest told me that Protestants themselves don't know what they need the sacraments for. He said that since they deny the doctrine of transubstantiation and have separated themselves ...
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Why don't Presbyterians have altars? [closed]

Why don't Presbyterians have altars in their churches or in their homes? Who administers the sacraments, especially communion, then without an altar? Do children help out at all? In other churches, ...
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Does transubstantiation occur when the Eucharist is received by one barred from sacraments?

If someone is banned from receiving the sacraments through interdict or excommunication but does so anyway (perhaps they go to a different parish where their status is not known) does the sacrament ...
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In what order were the Sacraments added?

In his book The Pursuit of God, A. W. Tozer has this phrase: 'The sacraments' were first two, then three, then four, until with the triumph of Romanism they were fixed at seven. What were these ...
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Do Lutherans believe that the sacraments are necessary for salvation (similar to Catholics), and if so, how do they reconcile this with Sola Fide?

During my internet adventures browsing theological articles and blogs, I somehow picked up the idea that in a similar way to Catholics, Lutherans believe in baptismal regeneration and that baptism is, ...
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What is the basis for First Communion?

I understand that Catholics practice First Communion for kids. What is the basis for this practice in the Catholic church? What is the proper age?
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Why isn't consecrated virginity a sacrament?

In Catholicism, marriage is a sacrament, so why isn't consecrated virginity a sacrament?
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Is the receipt of the Sacrament of Confirmation a requirement before receiving the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony?

I'm contemplating of getting married. However, I haven't been confirmed yet. I need to know if it's actual Catholic law or if it's simply tradition to receive Confirmation before getting married. ...
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In the Latin Catholic Church, would clerics administer the last rites if the sick person's illness is contagious and deadly?

In the Latin Catholic Church, would clerics administer the last rites if the sick person's illness is contagious and deadly? Diseases can be deadly and can spread by water, air, and/or bodily fluids. ...
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Would this confession be valid?

If a priest prematurely says the prayer for absolution, is the confession still valid? Is the confession still valid even when the priest is not wearing his normal vestments? Or if I didn't say the ...
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Can Catholics receive sacraments via Skype?

Can Catholics receive any of the sacraments via Skype?
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Under What Conditions Can a Priest Validly Refuse to Absolve Sins?

Absolution can be withheld, I was wondering under what conditions such an action can be considered to be valid(not licit or illicit), if any are needed at all. Furthermore I want to know if a priest ...
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Can an Orthodox Christian of one diocese receive sacraments at a coterminous one, e.g. a Greek Orthodox at an OCA parish?

I'm presently a confirmed Catholic but am considering conversion to the Orthodoxy. Something I understand of it is that there is no single diocese in America, but multiple overlapping ones for ...
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Is it valid to use grape juice at Communion? [closed]

Given that wine was used by Christ at the last supper, is it valid to use grape juice in the remembrance of the Lord's Table?
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Did all disciples of Christ's apostles consider priesthood a sacrament?

Is it true that all the disciples of Christ's apostles (including Paul) considered (in their writings of the 1st and 2nd centuries) the priesthood one of the sacraments?
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Do Roman Catholics regard Orthodox sacraments as valid and/or licit?

In the comments below an earlier question of mine the following question arose: The Roman Catholic Church describes the administration of sacraments as valid or invalid respectively licit or illicit. ...
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Protestant Interpretation of John 20:23 in Light of Matthew 9:8?

How is: John 20:21-23 Εἶπεν οὖν αὐτοῖς ὁ Ἰησοῦς πάλιν Εἰρήνη ὑμῖν καθὼς ἀπέσταλκέν με ὁ Πατήρ, κἀγὼ πέμπω ὑμᾶς καὶ τοῦτο εἰπὼν ἐνεφύσησεν καὶ λέγει αὐτοῖς Λάβετε Πνεῦμα Ἅγιον ἄν τινων ἀφῆτε τὰς ...
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In Catholicism, why can deacons not celebrate all sacraments, but only Baptism (and Matrimony)?

According to this post by an expert in Canon Law, deacons can only celebrate the sacrament of Baptism and Matrimony. Similarly, Wikipedia states (apparently wrongly) that deacons can only celebrate ...
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Why is the Roman Catholic infant baptism called “christening”?

In popular culture, particularly in stories and fairy tales, infants are christened. The story of Sleeping Beauty begins with the christening of the princess, and at her christening ceremony, there ...
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In the Eastern Orthodox tradition, is it possible to laicize a bishop?

In the Roman Catholic Church, priests are sometimes laicized, either at their own request or as a punishment. It's unclear to me who exactly in the Roman Catholic has the power to laicize a priest, ...
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The history of the Confession sacrament

Recently I had a small discussion with some of my catholic friends: some of them refuse the idea that the Confession act, as it is known in present day - as the acknowledgment of one's sins given in ...
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During Lutheran Confession, can the confessor refuse to absolve the sins of the penitent?

During Lutheran Confession, can the confessor refuse to absolve the sins of the penitent, if he or she thinks that the penitent is not being sincere? What if the penitent is sincere but cannot resist ...
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Does ex opere operato apply to infants? [closed]

"Ex opere operato" says that a person must have the proper disposition and desire in order to receive graces through sacraments (correct me if I'm over simplifying this). Does this not apply to ...
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If the Sacrament of Confirmation gives the gift of fortitude, why are we still afraid to do the right thing?

If the Sacrament of Confirmation gives all the Gifts of the Holy Spirit, including the gift of fortitude, why are we still afraid to do the right thing?
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What difference does baptism make when it comes to marriage?

Here is a hypothetical example of what may be a very common situation. Bill and Martha have been seeing each other for four years. Both were raised in Catholic families, but were not baptized. They ...
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Variances in the sacrament of confession

What are the different viewpoints between Anglicans, Orthodox churches and the Roman Church over the sacrament of Confession. Of course Roman Catholics must confess mortal sins to priest to be ...
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If I die before I can confess my sins, can I just confess them to God in Heaven?

When packing for a trip, sometimes we forget something small: a toothbrush, shaving cream, or socks. In order to compensate, we simply make a quick pit stop at a nearby convenience or department store ...
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What is the proper term for performing the sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick on someone?

If you perform the sacrament of Baptism on someone, you are "baptizing" them. If you do the sacrament of Holy Matrimony on a couple, you are "marrying" them, or alternatively "officiating the marriage"...
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Concerning the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults

Why do the American and Canadian Rites of Initiation differ in numbering and in the way that the rites are sometimes celebrated?
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In Catholic teaching, to what scripture is each of the seven sacraments referenced?

In Catholic teaching, to what scripture (OT and NT) is each of the seven sacraments referenced? The seven sacraments are: Baptism, Confirmation (or Chrismation), the Eucharist, Penance, the ...
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According to Catholicism, if someone receives last rites, is everything forgiven?

So you've killed dozens of people, cheated on wife, destroyed families blah blah. Then before dying the priest administers you the last rites. Is everything forgiven? Will you go to heaven because you ...
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In Reformed theology, where are baptism and the Lord's supper in the ordo salutis?

Baptism and the Lord's supper are means of grace in Reformed theology, but yet we don't see it explicitly mentioned in Calvinist ordo salutis. According to one Reformed pastor writing for the ...
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What should one do who was baptised twice in the Catholic and Orthodox Churches?

I just found out my parents baptized me twice as a baby in two Christian Churches: Catholic and Orthodox. I am concerned, is it bad to be baptized twice? What can I do to sort this out?
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What is the logic behind the present arrangement of Seven Sacraments?

As per Catholic Catechism, the Seven Sacraments are sequenced in the following order : Baptism, Confirmation , Eucharist, Penance, Anointing of the Sick, Holy Orders, and Matrimony But, that is not ...
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Why is oil the suitable “matter” for the Sacrament of Confirmation?

The Catholic Church teaches that for each of the seven sacraments she administers, there is matter and form of the sacrament [cf. Sacraments | New Advent]. Some catechisms also describe a sacrament ...
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How do Traditional Latin Mass going Catholics usually prepare and receive their sacraments of initiation?

Our parish is starting to off a Traditional Latin Mass and there's a group in our diocese that has their children confirmed in the that form as well. It's quite a bit different, we were wanting to do ...
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Do both officiant and recorder need holy orders to perform a Catholic baptism?

Many Catholic baptismal records from Spanish California (circa 1800) list the same clergyman as officiant and recorder (example), while some records separate the roles (example). I guess this ...
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What are the Church Laws governing ingredients and shapes of altar bread in the Catholic Church?

There appears to be perfect uniformity in the texture and make of the Sacramental Bread in Catholic churches all across the world. I wish to know if there are any laws governing the ingredients and ...
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At what age should Christians be confirmed according to St. Thomas Aquinas?

I've read this in Saint Thomas Aquinas' sermons on the Apostles' Creed (emphasis mine): “Confirmation.”—The second Sacrament is Confirmation. Just as they who are physically born need certain ...
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Meaning of “Confirmatio” in relation to the Sacrament of Confirmation (Sacramentum Confirmationis)

Of the seven sacraments of the Christian faith (as held by the Roman Catholic Church), one is "confirmation." This is derived from the Latin word confirmatio, as seen in the Latin text of ...
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What precisely is the sacramental “economy”? In which sense it is an economy?

I have always been puzzled by the use of the word "economy" linked to the sacraments, or in other expressions like "economy of salvation", "economy of creation", Divine "economy" (see full list of its ...
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Are (or were) sacraments necessary for salvation in the Catholic religion?

According to the Wikipedia page, Though not every individual has to receive every sacrament, the Church affirms that, for believers as a whole, the sacraments are necessary for salvation, as the ...
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Do you have any knowledge on a Catholic Internal Forum on Marriage?

The information given to us from the Priest, is that this Ceremony would allow us, with the Grace of God to live together as a married couple, without any fornication sin involved. This was done to ...
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Who can give the sacrament of confirmation in the Catholic Church?

Out of curiosity, when someone plans to recieve the Sacrament of Confirmation, do they have to recieve this Sacrament from a bishop or cardinal, or can any ordained minister give this Sacrament?
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Under what conditions does the Catholic Church explicitly call the laity extraordinary ministers?

Under what conditions does the Catholic Church explicitly call the laity extraordinary ministers? Extraordinary ministers are seen in almost every parish. For the most part, they help the parish ...
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If God only forgives our sins at the Sacrament of Penance, why do ask forgivness in prayer? [duplicate]

In Catholicism and Orthodoxy, forgiveness of sins is only attained at the Sacrament of Penance. What then is the role to pray that God would forgive us our sins? Why pray Our Father, or ask of this at ...
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Why does the Catholic Church legislate a minimum age for receiving Holy Orders?

Why does the Catholic Church legislate a minimum age for receiving Holy Orders?
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What would happen to the Catholic Church if all of the bishops get wiped out? [closed]

What would happen to the Catholic Church if all of the bishops get wiped out? Are there any historical examples of such a possibility ever happening at a local or national level? For example what, ...

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