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Is the term *Kyrie Eleison* Latin or Greek?

It is simply Greek that has been written in Roman letters. The city of Rome was essentially bilingual from around the time of Caesar Augustus until at least the third or fourth century A.D.: the ...
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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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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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Meaning of clapping at the end of mass

No, it isn't a part of the liturgy. Then-Cardinal Ratzinger said in his 2002 book, Spirit of the Liturgy: Wherever applause breaks out in the liturgy because of some human achievement, it is a sure ...
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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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Can priests (or popes) administer sacraments in a liturgy other than their own?

There are a number of related questions here. The Bishop of Rome The Bishop of Rome (i.e., the Pope), being the universal pastor of the Catholic Church, may celebrate in any rite he wishes at any ...
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In which languages could the Tridentine Mass be said?

If by “Tridentine Mass” the O.P. means the Mass promulgated by Pope Pius V in 1570 (probably better termed the “traditional Roman Rite”), which was used widely in that form until the liturgical ...
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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 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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When and why did Protestantism begin moving away from liturgy?

The simplifying or outright dismantling of liturgies has been in train since the beginning of the Reformation, particularly as it started to unfold in Switzerland under Huldrych Zwingli. From the ...
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Where the church should gather?

By way of answer, I refer you to this article on the history of Christian meetings. I'll summarize some sections. In the first century, Christians generally met in homes, especially the homes of more ...
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In which languages could the Tridentine Mass be said?

Another exception to Athanasius' answer is Mass in the Ordinariate Use, published in Divine Worship: The Missal in 2015. This order is in traditional-language English ("thee, thou" etc), and it's ...
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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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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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Which Psalms did Wesley leave out in Sunday Service of the Methodists? and why?

Imprecatory Psalms John Wesley escised 34 Psalms altogether, and removed portions of another 58. To imprecate means to invoke evil upon, or curse. Imprecatory psalms, also called the cursing psalms, ...
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Why does only one person "teach" during a church meeting?

I attended meetings of the Vineyard for a period of a year and the members there exercised the gifts of the Spirit, with multiple people, one at a time, giving revelation and prophesying, tongues and ...
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When did the early church begin reciting the Lord's Prayer in corporate worship?

The difficulty in answering this question is that the liturgy of the early Church was largely oral in nature, and so we contain virtually no records from the early Church itself regarding what it ...
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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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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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Do the Orthodox and Catholic Churches allow participation in each others' services?

From a Catholic point of view, there is no problem with (a) a Roman Catholic attending an Orthodox Divine Liturgy and receiving communion or (b) an Orthodox attending a Roman Catholic mass and ...
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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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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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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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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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Why do Anglicans have the "give away" optional in Common Worship but obligatory in Anglican Book of Common Prayer?

According to its wikipedia article, the Anglican publication 'Common Worship: Services and Prayers for the Church of England' was launched in the year 2000 and was a successor to the Alternative ...
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Why is purple the color of Lent?

I would suggest that most of this comes from imitation of Catholic traditions. The Catholic Church has a rich tradition of symbolism, and included in that tradition is the use of vestment colors. ...
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