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How universal are the “colour” Masses in the Catholic Church? It would seem that that the so called "Colour Masses" are not universally commemorated, but are somewhat popular in some countries and/or amongst those who are connected within certain spheres of employment that are subject to these Masses. The colours employed at Mass do not always correspond ...


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The numbers are on little (wooden) panels that can be pushed in a (wooden) rack. In your case both panels and rack have the same colour a the wall, so they are a bit difficult to see. The numbers give the songs to sing during the service. The red numbers give the verses to sing. On the denomination: First I thought it is a Catholic Church (esp. because the ...


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Why does any Archbishop get to decide if alligator is okay for Lent? When he officially gets the go ahead for the conference of Bishops in a particular region or country to do so, the USCCB in this case. First of all this is a question of Church discipline and not Church doctrine. A second point is that it deals with the local church only at the regional ...


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Does the Catholic Church teach that modern churches have guardian angels? We even have a Feast of the Guardian Angels. But as such, it has never been defined by the Church, and is, consequently, not an article of faith. That every individual soul has a guardian angel has never been defined by the Church, and is, consequently, not an article of faith; but ...


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Where in the Catholic Church is red wine used for mass? In those areas in which the local community and/or parish priest's choice is to use red wine over white wine for Mass. Where I live (British Columbia, Canada) red wine is quite popular. Some priests use white wine for Mass here, but most here use the red. A lot will depend on the availability of the ...


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Which Episcopal Conferences set alternatives for abstinence on Fridays? For starters the Episcopal Conferences of both Canada 🇨🇦 and the United States 🇺🇸 allow it. For Canada: In Canada In accordance with the prescriptions of canon 1253, the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops decrees that the days of fast and abstinence in Canada are: ...


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From the link you gave: "In February, a report was sent to Cardinal Tisserant. It concluded that the Syrian rite was seen as foreign to many members of the community. The Cardinal referred to the Pope who gave permission to use the Latin rite with some parts of the mass in Hebrew (including the readings)." So, the Epistle and the Gospel (and the homily) ...


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Uniformed security at a church is uncommon enough that you can use it as a conversation opener. If I were you I would seek out a (non-clergy) trustee / deacon / elder / congregation-council member / whatever and simply ask "what's up with the guards?" That should open the topic, and you will likely learn something about the congregation's history and ...


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Based on the Portuguese Wikipedia page they look like a fairly typical pentecostal/charistmatic church. Whether that's a denial of Christian doctrine depends on you. Personally I do think that teaching that we can all expect great prosperity in this life is a false gospel, and that to expect all Christians to speak in tongues is a denial of 1 Corinthians 12:...


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Best wishes for a good week at the end of the mass? I have noticed this practice either at the beginning of Mass or at the end of Mass in many different countries, at least since the late 1970s. It has almost become a local non-liturgical custom for some priests to speak off the cuff statements of this nature during the Sacred Liturgy of the Mass. I have ...


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Yes, there have been several. Salza & Siscoe's True or False Pope (1st ed.) pp. 7-8: Mirko Fabris (d. 2012), a stand-up comedian from Croatia, was elected by a "Conclave" in 1978 and became "Pope" Krav (his stage name). David Bawden, a seminary drop-out who lives with his mother in a farmhouse in Kansas, was elected "Pope" Michael by six lay people ...


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At High Mass in pre-Vatican II missals, after the priest has sprinkled the congregation with holy water, the priest prays: Exaudi nos, Domine sancte, Pater omnipotens, aeterne Deus, et mittere digneris sanctum Angelum tuum de coelis, qui custodiat, foveat, protegat, visitet atque defendat omnes habitantes in hoc habitaculo. Per Christum Dominum nostrum. ...


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Most of the churches that do this do so as they are fiercely independent from any government over the local churches. As a result, they are also in denominations or groups that exercise little control over them, or they are not part of denominations at all. Many churches only even consider incorporating when they get larger (mine incorporated after being ...


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