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Here are two Bible verses on the subject. One suggests that perhaps Jesus did perform baptism: After this, Jesus and his disciples went out into the Judean countryside, where he spent some time with them, and baptised (Matthew 3:22). However, the following Bible verse says it was Jesus’ disciples who did the baptising: The Pharisees heard that Jesus was ...


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No, size doesn't matter - grace matters. No, transubstantiation doesn't require an altar. No, it's not that organized. Depends, relics cannot be sold so they either have to be retired and buried or go to other homes. It would be up to the local Bishop to deal with storage of the altar relic. But Canon Law says the altar can lose its dedication Can. 1212 ...


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On your first question: the text (Luke 1:35) says that the pregnancy of Mary is by the power of the Holy Spirit, but that behind his work ("overshadowing") is the work of God the Father. So I would suggest that this means the initiative is from God the Father, but the Holy Spirit is the one who accomplishes the work. (Who can explain the inner ...


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The Catholic concept we're talking about is dulia: a theological term signifying the honour paid to the saints, while latria means worship given to God alone, and hyperdulia the veneration offered to the Blessed Virgin Mary With respect to Augustine, there are a couple of possible sources here: We regard the martyrs with the same affectionate intimacy ...


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How old was Jesus when the Magi visited him? Possibly one year old! Possibly a little younger or maybe a little older! We do not know with any absolute certainty. Scriptures tell us that after the Presentation of Jesus in the Temple the Holy Family went to the town of Nazareth. The Magi would have visited Jesus only after his presentation in the Temple. Had ...


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According to Catholicism, who is the leader of devils? In one or two words: Satan also called Lucifer. This answer will be based on the Catholic traditions in regards to Satan and the nine choirs of angels. Although it is now generally accept that there are nine choirs of angel and each choir is of angel is different and ranked accordingly. During the ...


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Although not a strictly Catholic Church point of view, by making the OP association between baptism and tvilah, we can find an answer to the question who baptized John? John the baptist's father was Zachariah. According to the bible, he was of the Levitical priestly tribe. There was in the days of Herod, the king of Judaea, a certain priest named Zacharias,...


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Traditionally, it is understood that John the Baptist was free from original sin from his Mother's Womb: and he shall be filled with the Holy Ghost, even from his mother's womb. (Luke 1:15) and his leaping for joy in Elizabeth's womb when Mary arrived is understood as the sign of the Holy Spirit indwelling within him. Being free from original sin from ...


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What is the role of a permanent lector at a Traditional Latin Mass? Both lectors and acolytes were known as minor orders and as such were steppingstones towards priestly ordination. A lector (reader) in the West is a clerk having the second of the four minor orders. In all Eastern Churches also, readers are ordained to a minor order preparatory to the ...


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First and foremost: Furthermore, by virtue of its character of special law, within its own area, the Motu Proprio Summorum Pontificum derogates from those provisions of law, connected with the sacred Rites, promulgated from 1962 onwards and incompatible with the rubrics of the liturgical books in effect in 1962. So the motu proprio of Francis doesn't ...


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In light of many changes in regulations over the centuries, what is the purpose of the Roman Catholic altar and is it neccessary for a valid Mass? The purpose of an altar is to have a noble material upon which a priest may celebrate the the Eucharist. The Mass celebrated not on an altar is valid, but illicit. As the Eucharist stands at “the apex” of all ...


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As I understand the verse: “Go, love a woman who has a lover and is an adulteress..." It says there, "adulteress" and so she was married. The question is, "To whom?" The answer is to Hosea. In Good News Translation it says, "The Lord said to me, "Go again and show your love for a woman who is committing adultery with a ...


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In fact, there is nothing in the Gospels to suggest that the motherhood of Jesus was imposed on Mary. Her words of submission to the angel (Lk 1:38), her hurried journey to the house of Elizabeth (1:39), her loud calling of Elizabeth at the gates of the latter (1:42), their joyful exchange of greetings (1:40-45), the Magnificat (1:46-55) - all are ...


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In Genesis, we could read the story of Adam and Eve. They have the free will to choose to eat the fruit of knowledge of good and evil. It was NOT the will of God for them to eat the fruit He has forbade them, but still Adam and Eve ate the fruit. It is clear that humans have free will to choose, and so Mary decided in her own free will to bear the child ...


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Why do the Catholics and Orthodox keep relics and bone fragments? Isn't this disrespect for the body? The the Catholic and Orthodox Churches this is a theological way of honouring the saints. There will always be be those who will object to this practice either on an intellectual level or a lesser level that seems to imply that the act of distribution of ...


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The strange thing about death penalty is that there is no uniformity across the nations on the crimes to which it is applicable, level of the court which is competent to award it, different authorities to whom appeal can be made, and the manner by which the convict is put to death in execution of the penalty. India, for instance, is a secular nation where ...


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Does the Pope Francis' Motu Proprio Spiritus Domini mean that pastors cannot limit servers to only young men? Yes That seems to be the gist of the document, but episcopal conferences will make their own legislative decisions on this matter. This question concerns the Ordinary Form of the Mass only. If Pope Francis removed the word "vir" (man) from ...


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According to Catholicism, by whom was John the Baptist was baptized? The Church teaches nothing on this matter. Nor is there even a tradition of the possibility that he was baptized. To say otherwise is pure speculation! Although SLM’s answer seems to allude to such a possibility, it is still speculation and no sources of concrete historical evidence exist ...


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Gary Michuta is an apologist, author and speaker and a member of St. Michael the Archangel Parish in Livonia. He wrote the following found in Detroit Catholic Few passages in Scripture have been as hotly contested by non-Christians as Matthew 1:23, “Behold, the virgin shall be with child and bear a son, and they shall name him Emmanuel …” Jewish writers and ...


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OP: "But it seems that Isaiah 7:14 (following which Evangelist Luke appears to have used the term `virgin') used the original Hebrew word almah, which per se denotes the marital status of the girl, and not her physical status of being uninitiated into sexual life." Isa 7:14 Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall ...


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John 1:18 No one has seen God at any time. The only begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, He has declared Him. So here John's intention is to show Jesus have a character that was Godly but he also refers to Jesus as 'The only begotten Son'. I think any quick reference to all the 'begats' in the Old Testament are strong evidence that John want the ...


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Does Stained Glass art hold any special meaning for Catholics? The short answer is yes. For centuries, stained glass art in church windows, was known as the Poor Man’s Bible The term Poor Man's Bible has come into use in modern times to describe works of art within churches and cathedrals which either individually or collectively have been created to ...


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Well, Some facts we should take into account. Her head was cut off from her body and for centuries and centuries the relic was held for popes, archbishops, kings, and it's a very very very long history those sources are too much (especially in Italian) and I put them soon. Recently her relic was shown in a video of the relic's visit to Descalzas Reales. ...


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Did Mary have the assistance of a midwife at the time of Jesus' birth? What do the traditions of Catholic Church say about it? The short answer is eemaha! That is right eemaha, which is Eskimo for maybe! The Gospels are silent on this point and the Church has not pronounced on this subject matter. The Apocryphal Gospel of St. James states that a midwife came ...


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Is Sung Matins a form of mass? No, but Matins does form part of the Divine Office Matins is the first official set of prayers that all religious and all ordained members (priests and deacons) of the Church must recite each day. Matins is followed by Lauds, Prime, Terce, Sext, None, Vespers and Compline. Some communities prefer to recite or sing (Chant) their ...


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Tenman7's answer is right on track. To make this a "Catholic" answer (since the answer would have been acceptable to all denominations), here's a more complete reason on why Jesus was justifiably angry, quoted from the Palm Sunday 2019 Reflection written by Fr. Abraham Mutholath of the St. Thomas SyroMalabar Catholic Diocese of Chicago providing ...


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