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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 ...


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What changes are made at Masses around the world because of outbreaks like the Covid-19/Coronovirus outbreak? In Germany: 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 ...


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What measures do Catholic dioceses take at Mass during viral outbreaks? First of all it will depend on the severity of a particular outbreak in a particular geographical location or diocese. For the most part, a particular national conferences of bishops would make up some general guidelines for a particular ecclesiastical region. Nevertheless a local ...


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Is it permissible for a priest say a Mass in the Extraordinary Form for new saints (canonized after 1962) while employing the prayers or the orations (of the Opening Prayer or Collect, Prayer over the Offerings and the Prayer after Communion) taken from the Mass of Paul VI? The short answer is yes. Permission was given by Ecclesia Dei in 1993. The “...


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Why is this music chosen for a Catholic Mass? I hear music in this style quite often in the Extraordinary Form of the Mass. Almost always uniquely at very solemn occasions only. Before getting into the music part of this question, I would first like to put a few things into perspective. November 23rd in the Extraordinary Form of the Mass was solemnly ...


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This music that you think of as 'concert music' was originally church music. I don't recognize the specific piece in the video, but pieces of a similar style were originally written to be used in church services. Most classical music with "Mass" or "Requiem" in the title (or linguistic variants such as "Missa" or "Messe") were intended to be used in ...


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I'm in England. "The Catholic Church in England and Wales has issued national guidelines" (BBC, 2020-03-05). Do not rely on my answer for safety advice. The latest Coronavirus (COVID-19) Guidelines are available online, from the Catholic Bishops Conference of England and Wales. I quote Version 3 (2020-03-09). At this time it says we are officially at ...


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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 ...


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The most complete collection of texts on Arianism I know of is listed on the FCC website, but they are Mostly letters from and to Arian Auxentius. Most of the texts have links in the translation column. The online book "Arianism: Historical and Theological Reassessments: Papers from The Ninth Century" contains source texts and commentary on the liturgy ...


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I posted a similar question on the Jewish Mi Yodyea site asking what religious music would have been sung in Israel after the time of David and Solomon. One commentator gave a Wiki link, part of which says this: The Book of Psalms (/sɑːmz/ or /sɔː(l)mz/ SAW(L)MZ; Hebrew: תְּהִלִּים, Tehillim, "praises"), commonly referred to simply as Psalms , ...


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I have been a practicing Catholic for 65 years and in all those years in multiple parishes and different dioceses I have NEVER heard the Apostles Creed used in place of the Nicene Creed except since the 2011 change made it optional for Lent and Easter seasons. I have lived in Europe for a few years and never heard the Apostles Creed used in place of the ...


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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 ...


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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.


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May a priest say Mass for himself? The short answer is yes. There is nothing forbidding such a thing. Personally, I would recommend this. Priests must sanctify themselves and the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass is, as Pope St. Paul VI said, the Mass is the apex of our faith. Priests may say the Mass intention for themselves. There is nothing to prevent a ...


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According to Catholicism, is it permitted for a priest to employ the Benedictio Deprecatoris prayer to stop the spread of the coronavirus? That will depend on two things. The local ordinary (bishop) will have to accord the permission to a priest to employ this prayer if the priest in question is to use the older Tridentine ritual. It will depend on ...


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The exorcism prayer begins (Roman Ritual vol. 3 p. 164, PDF p. 1272): Exorcízo vos pestíferos (-as) mures (vel locustas, vel bruehos, vel vermes, vel alia animalia), per Deum ✠ Patrem omnipoténtem…I exorcize you pestiferous mice (or locusts, or grasshoppers, or worms, or any other animal), through God ✠ the Father Almighty… The English (bottom of page ...


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This question was not easy when it was asked, but has a clear answer since 19 March 2020. Before it was often announced that there will be norms on this topic, last 2011 in Universe Ecclesiae n. 25 (as in Geremia's answer). Additionally there were privileges for individuals and communities to commemorate the new saints (as the example in Ken's answer). So ...


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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. ...


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