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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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I don't want to plagiarize, but there is a very good Catholic article on this here. In summary, the significance of swaddling clothes lies both in the fact that it is humble, common, ordinary, and also that it ties to Solomon - specifically the Wisdom of Solomon 7, 3-6. 7:3 And when I was born, I drew in the common air, and fell upon the earth, which ...


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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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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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I think the deaconess assumption is unsound and contradicted: 14He shall then baptize each of them once, laying his hand upon each of their  heads. 15Then he shall ask, "Do you believe in Jesus Christ, the Son of God, who was  born of the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary, who was crucified under Pontius Pilate, and died, and rose on the third day living ...


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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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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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We Three Kings The verses to 'we three kings' are pretty wonderfully theological and wrap across most doctrines. The gifts symbolize aspects of Jesus' ministry and purpose. Born a King on Bethlehem's plain Gold I bring to crown Him again King forever, ceasing never Over us all to rein Gold is the gift to honor a King. It is offered in ...


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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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Baptism in the early church was modeled after the Mikvah immersions of Judaism.[1] The Mikvahs were done in the nude.[2] I believe that the baptism of John the Baptist was very similar to the Mikvah immersions.[3] The difference [4] was that (1) All people now had to immersed (not just proselytes to Judaism), (2) this immersion was in the nude and was an ...


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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 allegorical ...


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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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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 ...


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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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It's just what people do with newborns: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swaddling We found that wrapping our children with slightly stretchy fabric blankets when they were infants tended to comfort them and help them sleep better than when their limbs would flail about.


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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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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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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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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,...


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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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"Mass in Latin" vs. "Latin Mass" It's important to understand that the term Latin Mass is almost always a colloquial and somewhat imprecise reference to the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite. This is the form of the liturgy that, in its essentials, was used by almost all Western Christians from at least the early Middle Ages until the Reformation, was ...


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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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Perhaps some early Christians sang choruses at the beginning of worship, but this was not a standard part of the order of worship. New Testament From the beginning, worship was centered around the Eucharist. The New Testament does not contain an order of worship, but Paul mentions worship practices in a few of his letters. He talks about worship songs in ...


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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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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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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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