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Why do the faithful have to say "And with your spirit " in the Catholic Mass?

The simple answer is that "thy spirit" is a Hebraism for "you" (to be specific in this case, "you," but more 'endearing,' 'elevated,' or 'prayerful;' cf. Lk. 1:46). St. ...
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Is holding hands and forming a circle around the altar during eucharistic prayer allowed?

Is it permitted to form a circle around the altar and hold hands during the Eucharistic Prayer? The short answer is: No. When I was in the major seminary, we would gather around the altar once a ...
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Why does a priest say "The Lord Be With You” and a bishop say "Peace Be With You" as a liturgical greeting?

In the context of liturgy (in the beginning of Mass), only the bishop is allowed to say “Peace be with you” in the beginning of Mass. As to why it is so, we can speculate that it’s likely because the ...
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Can Mass be celebrated at any hour of the day?

Can Mass be celebrated at any hour of the day? The short answer is: Yes, if there is a valid reason for it. Masses can be said at any time day or night if there is a real necessity or spiritual need ...
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Why did "versus populum" (instead of "ad orientem") become commonplace after Vatican II?

No Vatican II document said that priests must face "toward the people" (versus populum). In fact, all Masses today can be celebrated ad orientem ("toward the east," the same ...
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How do I know when to cross myself during Mass (Novus Ordo)?

How do I know when to cross myself during the Mass of Pope Paul VI (Novus Ordo)? To start with, prior to Mass, we bless ourselves with Holy Water at the entrance of the church by dipping our fingers ...
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Why do the faithful have to say "And with your spirit " in the Catholic Mass?

Why do the faithful have to say “And with your spirit ” in the Catholic Mass in English? First of all the “sign of peace” at Mass is optional, even on Sundays and holy days of obligation. The sign ...
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Why do some Catholics avoid communion at Novus Ordo masses?

Why do some Catholics avoid communion at Novus Order Mass? It is for the same reasons that all members of the Catholic Church wouldn't receive Mass at the Anglican Church. ... under a pretext of ...
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Are Catholics allowed to believe that the EF or OF is objectively more reverent than the other?

Intrinsic value of the Mass infinite Fr. Chad Ripperger, in his Summer 2003 Latin Mass Magazine article "Merit of a Mass", argues that Masses using 1962 Missals and earlier have greater ...
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Why does a priest say "The Lord Be With You” and a bishop say "Peace Be With You" as a liturgical greeting?

Why does a priest say "The Lord Be With You” and a bishop say "Peace Be With You" as a liturgical greeting? In a spiritual sense the bishop take the place of Christ as the head of his ...
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Can Mass be celebrated at any hour of the day?

See the § "De Hora celebrandi Missam" ("Regarding the time of celebrating Mass") of the 1957 Missale Romanum: Missa privata saltem post Matutinum et Laudes ab una hora ante ...
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Can Mass be celebrated at any hour of the day?

Based on the summarized missal info on the USCCB's website, it seems like the Easter Vigil, at least, can take place any time between sunset and sunrise. With respect to your quote from Eucharistic ...
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Why do Solemnities have different readings for the vigil masses?

Why do Solemnities have different readings for the vigil masses? In a nutshell, the solemnities in the of the old rite of Pope St. Pius V (Extraordinary Form of the Mass) had True vigils of these ...
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Can a priest give a Mass in American Sign Language (ASL)? What does he do when he is supposed to lift up the Eucharist while speaking in ASL?

Yes, a priest can give a mass in American Sign Language (ASL) Fr. Edward McNamara wrote an extensive article for the organization ZENIT about the validity of sign language at mass, specifically using ...
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Is it permitted for a priest say a Mass of Pope Pius V for new saints while employing the prayers taken from the Mass of Paul VI?

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 ...
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Why do we wish "peace" to each other during Mass?

This article has a little background on the practice: https://catholicphilly.com/2019/01/catholic-spirituality/beyond-a-handshake-the-profound-nature-of-the-sign-of-peace/#:~:text=ministry%20and%...
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Are there parishes that celebrates Novus Ordo mass in Latin?

Are there parishes that celebrates Novus Ordo mass in Latin? Yes there are parishes that celebrate the Ordinary Form of the Mass in Latin and in the best of the priest’s ability to be somewhat close ...
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Is communion in the hand a liturgical abuse?

The answer to the question "is it a liturgical abuse to receive communion in the hand" is: yes and no. Yes, it is an abuse to receive communion in the hand in those jurisdictions where no ...
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Best wishes for a good week at the end of the mass?

Best wishes for a good week at the end of the mass? I have noticed this practice either at the beginning of Mass or at the end of Mass in many different countries, at least since the late 1970s. It ...
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Why do some Catholics avoid communion at Novus Ordo masses?

In full disclosure, I am not a Catholic, though I have formally studied world religions. I also have family who are traditional Catholics and good friends who are sedevacantists. You mentioned that ...
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Why do some Catholics avoid communion at Novus Ordo masses?

Why do some Catholics avoid communion at Novus Ordo masses? There is no concession among some traditionalists in the Catholic Church that it is not licit to receive communion at a Novus Ordo mass. ...
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How can something be less reverent but impart the same graces?

It may be more accurate to say God dispenses the same graces to you regardless of how you worship Him (that is, God imparts the same graces at every valid mass, even if these are not the same graces ...
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Are Catholics allowed to believe that the EF or OF is objectively more reverent than the other?

Are Catholics allowed to believe that the EF or OF is objectively more reverent than the other? I recall a Benedictine abbot, who habitually celebrated Mass according to Pope st. Pius v and said often ...
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Why do priests celebrate Mass versus populum (toward the congregation) at most Masses in the Ordinary Form?

Why do priests celebrate Mass versus populum (toward the congregation) at most Masses in the Ordinary Form? Before getting into the crux of this question, let us see what the origin’s of this ...
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Is it permitted for a priest say a Mass of Pope Pius V for new saints while employing the prayers taken from the Mass of Paul VI?

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 (...
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