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The advent wreath is an evergreen wreath with four candles. One is rose (pink) and the other three are purple. Before lighting any candles on the wreath you should bless the wreath on the first Sunday of Advent. Make the Sign of the Cross 1 The Father or head of the household then prays "Our help is in the name of the Lord." The family then responds "Who ...


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This is in fact a Christian tradition coming from Paul: I commend you because you remember me in everything and maintain the traditions just as I handed them on to you. But I want you to understand that Christ is the head of every man, and the husband is the head of his wife, and God is the head of Christ. Any man who prays or prophesies with something on ...


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Joyce Baldwin's commentary on Daniel says (pg. 129): Verse 10 supplies welcome evidence concerning prayer habits during the later biblical period. Windows . . . open toward Jerusalem is a literal understanding of Solomon's petition [at the dedication of the temple], 'When [foreigners] hear about your great reputation and your ability to accomplish mighty ...


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This is an old question, but I'll answer anyway. The Orthodox Christian Church baptizes in the nude because most baptisms are performed on very young (less than 1 year old) babies. The children are nude and fully immersed. The service is pretty much exactly as you'd see in Hippolytus. Adults who are baptized are permitted to wear a robe or bathing suit for ...


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The custom originates in Judaism, and different arguments are given for it. Married women, in particular, cover their hair in an act of modesty. They argue a woman's hair should be reserved for her husband (not so different from the customs in Islam). Religiously it is also an act that separates one from the world. Within Christianity there are additional ...


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Were birthdays celebrated by believers? The answer would turn on one's definition of "celebrate". Does "celebrate" mean only the inclusion of cake, ice cream, balloons, streamers, presents, friends, and family singing songs, showing pictures, opening presents, pinning the tail on the donkey, and blowing out candles? Or how "celebrate" means only about ...


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Baptism in the early church was modeled after the Mikvah immersions of Judaism. The Mikvahs were done in the nude. I believe that the baptism of John the Baptist was very similar to the Mikvah immersions. The difference was that (1) All people now had to immersed (not just proselytes to Judaism), (2) this immersion was in the nude and was an initiation into ...


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There is a tradition in the Eastern Orthodox Church that the saying was made popular by Mary Magdalene when she supposedly addressed Emperor Tiberius in Rome with the words “Christ is risen.” Mary Magdalene witnessed most of the events surrounding the crucifixion. She was present at the mock trial of Jesus; she heard Pontius Pilate pronounce the death ...


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In American Christianity, specifically black or African American churches, "praise dancing" is a cultural norm practiced all over the United States, generally in more progressive churches. It is also referred to as Liturgical Dance(a). Generally, the practice involved playing gospel ballads or other popular black gospel music from contemporary black gospel ...


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I think you are confusing two different things. All most all Indian Christian women use the end of their sari as a veil during a christian religions service. This is purely for convenience, nothing else. They cover their head for the same reason why Christian women all over the world cover their head. Also not all of them cover their head outside the Church. ...


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If we go back to the earliest Christian teachers we will find a substantial focus on metaphorical and spiritual meanings of the Bible, more than maybe a modern Christian might expect. Roger Forster and Paul Marston write in "Reason and Faith" (Monarch, 1989): In [the Church Fathers] there was, compared with today, a much greater emphasis on ...


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The naming of a patron saint of a parish church must be chosen by the clergy and the faithful of the area in union with their local ordinary (bishop) and then approved by the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments. Often the faithful of a specific region will hold a particular devotion to a particular saint, thus making the ...


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What is the earliest instance of Eucharistic adoration? The first recorded instance of Perpetual Adoration antedates Corpus Christi, and occurred at Avignon, on 11 September 1226. Catholic devotion towards the Blessed Sacrament started in the 11th century: Toward the end of the eleventh century we enter on a new era in the history of Eucharistic adoration. ...


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A simple text search of the Bible on BibleGateway returns 3 references in the King James Version: And it came to pass the third day, which was Pharaoh's birthday, that he made a feast unto all his servants: and he lifted up the head of the chief butler and of the chief baker among his servants. -- Genesis 40:20 But when Herod's birthday was kept, the ...


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Here is an answer based on the theology of Emanuel Swedenborg (1688-1772) and the denominations that follow his theology. The three gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh were valuable items monetarily, and were thus fine and expensive gifts. But more than that, they had a ritual significance in the ancient world. Gold has always been an enduring symbol of ...


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I've noticed that the question was published a lot of years ago, but still wanted to share that there are Orthodox Icons that depict Jesus Christ being Baptised naked. . Also in Greece, among some priests, there is still the Tradition (it was kept Patristicaly) of baptising the adults totally naked. As it was explained by a Theologist, in Ancient Church ...


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An Advent Wreath can have: a) 3 purple candles and 1 pink candle; or b) 4 white candles. Apart from the fact that they should be disposed in a shape in harmony with the circular shape of the wreath, there are no other geometric requisites. Supposing that we choose a), each Sunday you light one candle, in this order: purple-purple-pink-purple. The pink one ...


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Either direction is acceptable This might be semi-authoritative since it comes straight from the only approved Marian apparition site in the United States. Up near Green Bay, Wisconsin there is an outdoor rosary walk with the mysteries visible for people who traverse in a right-hand or left-hand direction. For instance, when you walk around clockwise, you ...


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Memento Mori, or remembering one's death/mortality in order to live well, is definitely a Christian tradition rooted in Scripture (see Sirach 7:36, Psalm 90:12, Luke 9:23). As for the skull on the desk, I think Father Schmitz is probably referring to something that I started on Twitter. I keep a skull on my desk (ceramic) to remind me of my death and ...


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Short answer, another name for the Rosary is the Angelic Psalter. It is a repetition mainly of the words of the Angel Gabriel to the Blessed Virgin Mary announcing the Birth of Jesus and the words spoken by St. Elizabeth when Mary visited her shortly before the birth of John the Baptist, when he "leapt in her womb". The reason for its simplicity ...


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Is there a particular order in lighting candles on an advent wreath in the Catholic Church? The short answer is no. There does not appear to be any prescribed order, either officially or even traditionally, except that the rose-colored candle is lit on the third (Gaudete) Sunday of Advent. The other three candles are customarily violet in color, although ...


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The spacing on the beads are the same in both directions. You do not even need beads, I use an app on my phone, I'm techno savy. You can use your fingers and keep track of the mysteries that way. I have prayed the Rosary many times before Mass, hardly anyone has the beads as they pray together. There are many ways to pray the Rosary. Many things to ...


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I have studied and questioned the meaning of the swaddling clothes and why the angel would use those words as well to the shepherds. I know no word is accidentally placed in the bible! Being of Jewish descent I found out years ago that the priest's clothing worn to minister before the Lord in the Holy Place, not Most Holy Place, were never tossed away but ...


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This website http://www.arielministries.org/ariel/roar_main_december2012.html has some useful information where there is additional information about the swaddling of the sacrificial lambs. I have always wondered about the significance of Jesus' having been swaddled and the reason that the Angels proclaiming his birth to the shepherds would have included ...


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There is much disagreement as to whether the word translated 'carpenter' in: Matthew 13:55 Is not this the carpenter's son? is not his mother called Mary? and his brethren, James, and Joses, and Simon, and Judas? and, Mark 6:3 Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary, the brother of James, and Joses, and of Juda, and Simon? and are not his ...


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At one time, it was true that Catholics must be buried facing the east. Is that no longer true, and was it a part of the same law which said that the altar in a Catholic Church must face the east. As anywhere, you may find older Catholic cemeteries that still accommodate this tradition. There is no requirement in church law regarding the position of ...


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One example is omitted by the other answer (argument from silence inherent therein notwithstanding). Job 1:4-5 And his sons would have a feast every man on his [birth]day at his own house, and would call for their three sisters to eat and drink with them. And when the days of the feast were concluded, Job would sanctify them, rising early in the morning ...


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In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array; [1 Timothy 2:9 KJV] Shortly before being martyred, executed by the Emperor Nero, Paul the apostle gives instructions to Timothy regarding order in the church and the conduct of congregations. With ...


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Closing the eyes in prayer is for the same reason as one may fast in association with prayer. It is to detach oneself from the things of this world, from the things of the flesh and from the things that can be seen. But, like fasting, it is purely voluntary. There are no 'instructions' as to when to pray, or how often to pray anywhere in the bible (only ...


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The kissing of the priest's hand in the Coptic Church is for the reasons that He is a chosen vessel by God and receives a special grace given by the priesthood. He is the one who administers the Holy Eucharist to the people. His hands touch the Body and Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ, therefore, his hands are made holy. It is a sign of respect and ...


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