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Why do Catholic laity cross themselves three times before the Gospel is read?

Before the Gospel is read, a Catholic makes signs of the cross, with the thumb, on his or her forehead, mouth, and heart, which represents that the Catholic must understand the Gospel, proclaim it, ...
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What is the basis for forbidding prerecorded music in worship services?

Clear statements against the use of prerecorded music have been made by the National Association of Pastoral Musicians ("On the Use of Pre-Recorded Music in the Liturgy") and Paul S. Jones (...
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What is Catholic "Gold ring mass"? What kind of liturgy it is?

What is the Catholic "Gold ring mass"? What kind of liturgy it is? Wow, I never thought anyone would ask this question. It is unbelievably hard to track down, but several years ago I ...
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When would a Mormon choose to go to the temple instead of the church?

It's not a choice between the two as the question seems to be asking. The temple is not actually a meetinghouse where ordinary worship services are held. (In fact, temples are closed on Sundays.) ...
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Why do Catholic laity cross themselves three times before the Gospel is read?

Why do Catholics sign themselves three (3) times just before the Gospel is read? To understand the significance of this tradition, let us take a look into its origins. Concerning the making the ...
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Why do Catholic laity cross themselves three times before the Gospel is read?

Contrary to what you say about missals, the rubrics in my missal (The CTS New Daily Missal) say that before the reading of the gospel, "He [the deacon/priest] makes the Sign of the Cross on the book ...
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Do Mormons have Sunday services?/What does the regular Mormon liturgy look like?

First, a point of terminology. Do you live near a Mormon temple (a large and spectacular building, recognizable by a distinctive golden statue of an angel with a trumpet on top) or a Mormon church (...
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Do these videos represent JW meetings or do they have other secret/sacred meetings that are not available to public?

The YouTube link you referred to is not the official channel of Jehovah’s Witnesses. It is a private account posted by an individual who was obviously present or received a recording of some meetings ...
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What is the Mass obligation for Catholics when Christmas is on a Monday?

What is the Mass obligation for Catholics when Christmas is on a Monday? The short answer: 2 obligations = 2 Masses. No two for one with this scenario! Catholics are obligated to go to mass twice: ...
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When would a Mormon choose to go to the temple instead of the church?

One does not replace the other: a faithful member of the Church will attend regular, weekly Sunday meetings and attend the temple when possible. Temples are usually open during the week and Saturday, ...
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Where in the Bible does the greeting ("Dominus Vobiscum") used at Mass come from?

It is directly pulled from the Bible. Based on my answer to this question: As far as scripture goes, the salutation is from Ruth 2:4 and 2 Chronicles 15:2 in the Vulgate. In Ruth, the phrase appears ...
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What is the Mass obligation for Catholics when Christmas is on a Monday?

This year, the last Sunday of Advent is a Sunday. All Sundays are holy days of obligation. Monday, December 25, 2023, is another holy day of obligation where a different Mass is said (that of ...
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Do Mormons view the LDS Church as a pure restoration of first century Christianity?

Yes the LDS believe it is a pure restoration of first century Christian liturgy and beliefs. True to the Faith specifies what was lost during the Apostasy: After His Crucifixion and the deaths of ...
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What can be said when applying ashes during Ash Wednesday Mass?

The website liturgies.net appears to have a full copy of the Roman Missal, including the propers of the Mass for Ash Wednesday. This states: [The priest] sprinkles the ashes with holy water, ...
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Do Anglicans use Latin anymore? If so, how much and for what?

Anglicans do not use Latin for any form of normal worship service or for any normal purposes. The 24th article of the foundational articles of the Anglican church states: It is a thing plainly ...
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In which languages could the Tridentine Mass be said?

If we count the lawful liturgical variants of the Tridentine Mass such as the Dominican Rite and the Carmelite Rite and permission given to some Religious Orders, we able to see that the Holy See has ...
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In which languages could the Tridentine Mass be said?

Portions of the liturgy were permitted to be celebrated in Native American vernaculars.
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Has there ever been an Eastern Catholic Pope (Post-Schism)?

There are really only two requirements for becoming pope: being male and being baptized into the Catholic Church. Canon 332 § 1 of the 1983 Code simply states that one already a bishop (nb: not ...
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What exactly is a liber ordinarius?

The Catholic Encyclopedia reports: In the Middle Ages, and indeed almost down to the invention of printing, the books used in the service of the Church were much more divided up than they are at ...
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What exactly was the earliest start time of a Catholic mass before 1957? - What means aurora?

"Aurora" in Latin means "dawn", as opposed to "sunrise" (which is "ortus solis", the rising of the sun). This would mean, more or less, the period at which the sky was visibly bright. The reason for ...
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Why do Catholic laity cross themselves three times before the Gospel is read?

Having been a lifelong Catholic, I have only picked this up through seeing other people do it. That being said, I have always seen it as being symbolic of keeping the Gospel in my mind, on my lips, ...
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Is there a historical reason why the liturgical colour purple eventually replaced black to symbolize penance?

Is there a historical reason why the liturgical colour purple eventually replaced black to symbolize penance? Having dived into this question for some time now, I would like to simply postulate a ...
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How did the Catholic Church function logistically/liturgically prior to the invention of the printing press?

From Herbert Thurston's Catholic Encyclopedia article "Missal" (§ "Origin of the Missal"): The printed Missal of the present day, reproducing in substance the manuscript forms of the latter part of ...
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Do Mormons have Sunday services?/What does the regular Mormon liturgy look like?

Sacrament meetings are usually held at the same time every week. Two or three congregations (termed wards for larger congregations or branches for smaller ones) may share a building. The usual order ...
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How universal are the "color" masses in the Catholic Church?

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 ...
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Where in the Bible does the greeting ("Dominus Vobiscum") used at Mass come from?

St. Paul words to Timothy are alluded to: "The Lord [Dóminus] Jesus Christ be with thy spirit [cum spíritu tuo]. Grace be with you [vobíscum]. Amen." (2 Tim. 4:22). By "you" and "your spirit" are not ...
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Does liturgical abuse make a mass invalid?

Does liturgical abuse make a mass invalid? The short answer is: It will depend on the situation. I can feel your anguish in your present situation. However the only thing that could possibly make ...
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Does liturgical abuse make a mass invalid?

According to St. Thomas Aquinas in Summa Theologica volume III, there are four causes which directly affect the validity of a Mass: The proper matter is used for the bread and wine. For a valid Mass ...
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Was Eastern-Orthodox liturgical music influenced by Islam?

Was Eastern-Orthodox liturgical music influenced by Islam? The short answer is: It is seriously doubtful. It is seriously doubtful considering that the Prophet Mohammad (c. 570 AD – 8 June 632 AD) ...
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