What changes are made at Masses around the world because of outbreaks like the Covid-19/Coronovirus outbreak?
Since January or February, Holy Water is no longer available near the doors of the Church because of Corona (*).
Until January, the faithful were shaking the hands with next persons when "may the peace with you" was said after ...
I heard the Mount Athos chants recently as well. I'm not familiar with the Greek Orthodox liturgy at all, nor the Greek language, so I'm also having a terribly hard time trying to find reference for the lyrics. This won't be a very satisfying answer, but I thought I would just share the info I found so far.
From what I can gather, the first video you linked ...
Was it in a cathedral church?
Nainfa's Costume of Prelates of the Catholic Church (1926) pp. 36-7:
purple is the color of the episcopal Livery. Thus, according to rules laid down by the Ceremonials,4 the Master of Ceremonies of the cathedral church, the train-bearer of the Bishop,1 the cross-bearer of the Metropolitan,2 all the members of the diocesan ...
Why does only the priest do the washing?
The priest celebrates Mass In persona Christi (in the person of Christ). As Pope Pius XII explains,
The priest is the same, Jesus Christ, whose sacred Person His minister represents.
Given this liturgical principle and reality, it is appropriate that Christ's action (washing of feet) is performed by the priest ...
General Instruction of the Roman Missal (2003):
53. The Gloria is a very ancient and venerable hymn in which the Church, gathered together in the Holy Spirit, glorifies and entreats God the Father and the Lamb. The text of this hymn may not be replaced by any other text.
Services are usually in the language of the people attending the sermon, so they can understand it. However, the preacher may refer to the ancient hebrew/ greek/ latin to give extra understanding of the meanings of words and phrases, or connotations that might be missed in English.
Hymns by the choir are sometimes in latin, usually because they are very old. ...