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Why do Christians stand when we sing?

Why do Christians stand to sing? I think the reasons are fundamental to the act, so I do not see biblical instructions or precedents to be relevant. One may ask, how one should eat a meal: should one ...
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What are the first references to a tradition of fasting before partaking of the Lord's Supper?

This practice is attested as early as the first half of the third century, by Tertullian and particularly Hippolytus. Tertullian addresses the topic tangentially while addressing the dangers of women ...
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Who are the hypocrites associated with fasting in the Didache?

It is indeed about the Pharisees. Here's what Shmuel Safrai's paper “Religion in Everyday Life" says: Mondays and Thursdays, which were synagogue days, when country-folk came to town and the courts ...
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What is the origin of hands lifting in worship?

It goes all the way back to Genesis 29:35 at least with Leah raising her hands in praise to YHWH in naming Judah. As a Biblical Hebrew professor thinking in Hebrew, I find the Old Testament full of ...
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Do Mormons in European countries also sing patriotic American songs?

Latter-day Saints in other countries do not typically sing United States patriotic songs. The full LDS hymnbook is currently published in 38 languages. The English hymnbook has 341 hymns, including ...
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Is it appropriate (as a Catholic) to make the sign of the cross when passing an Eastern Orthodox, Oriental Orthodox or Church of the East church?

Is it appropriate for a Catholic to make the sign of the cross when passing an Eastern Orthodox, Oriental Orthodox or Church of the East church? Of course it is! It is also a tradition for some ...
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When did the Latin Catholic Church begin to generally require fasting only one hour prior to the Eucharist?

I attend the older Latin Rite and we still fast from the midnight before. It should be noted that, as a disciplinary measure, to humble the spirit and body, it does not comprise any intrinsic doctrine ...
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Is there, or was there, a Christian denomination that believes, or believed, that Jesus Christ was "just a normal human"?

Historically, there have been a number of sects that denied the divinity of Jesus, claiming that he was a man, and nothing more.* In the first few centuries of Christianity, most of these groups held ...
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Why do Christians stand when we sing?

It is common for Christians to stand while singing in church because it is common to sing while standing regardless of context. Standing allows the singer to make better usage of their diaphragm and ...
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When did Jesus preach from inside a building?

It was the custom of Jesus to go to a house of worship each Sabbath Day and in some instances teach. One of these times was recorded in Luke 4: 16 So He came to Nazareth, where He had been brought ...
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When did the Latin Catholic Church begin to generally require fasting only one hour prior to the Eucharist?

To understand the full reason of when and why the Catholic Church changed the Eucharistic fast we must look into the whole history of receiving Holy Communion. Pope St. Pius X (1903 to 1914) in his ...
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Why did this frustrated person make the sign of the cross in front of me?

The sign of the cross is a sacramental (a sacred sign instituted by the Church, not one of the seven sacraments, but still a way to bring one's focus onto holy things, to become more prayerful in the ...
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Why do Christians stand when we sing?

I don't know your denomination, but in roman-catholic church there are times when you are standing and other times when you are sitting. If a hymn is sung during the time when you are sitting (this is ...
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Why do Christians stand when we sing?

As for a Biblical basis, take a look at 2 Chronicles 5:12: all the Levite singers who belonged to Asaph, to Heman, to Jeduthun, and to their sons and their brothers were clothed in fine fabric, ...
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What is the Order of Special Full-Time Servants?

The different types of full time servants among Jehovah's Witnesses are: Regular pioneers usually spend 70 hours a month in the field ministry. Some serve in a congregation where the need is greater. ...
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Does any church follow the Apostolic Tradition of Baptism ‘in the nude’, or was that never the tradition?

I've noticed that the question was published a lot of years ago, but still wanted to share that there are Orthodox Icons that depict Jesus Christ being Baptised naked. . Also in Greece, among some ...
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Nuns wearing wedding bands?

Do all nuns wear these symbolic wedding bands? If not, is this practice limited to certain religious orders? Rings may be worn by some members of female Catholic religious institutions or Religious ...
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What is an overview of arguments given by churches that allow women to plait their hair to support that practice? (1 Peter 3:1-6)

3:1 Wives, in the same way submit yourselves to your own husbands so that, if any of them do not believe the word, they may be won over without words by the behavior of their wives, This is one of ...
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How do I clean, iron and fold purificators?

Here is a traditional Catholic way of looking after altar linens. Purificator The size of purificators are generally 12″ x 12″ with an embroidered center cross. Purificators are folded in ...
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Did John Calvin discourage harmonies in congregational singing?

Did John Calvin discourage harmonies in congregational singing? He did not discourage congressional singing, but it seems that John Calvin did discourage congressional singing in harmony. In the ...
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Is there, or was there, a Christian denomination that believes, or believed, that Jesus Christ was "just a normal human"?

Yes, there have been several "denominations" that have believed Yeshua was a man. However, because a large majority of the church believes this is a heresy (and that to deny the trinity causes one to ...
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Is it appropriate (as a Catholic) to make the sign of the cross when passing an Eastern Orthodox, Oriental Orthodox or Church of the East church?

Of course Eastern Orthodox church, like Russian, or Greek, have the tabernacles of Eucharist gifts in their churches. Orthodox christians called it as kibot (ru: Кивот, gr: κῑβωτός). It is always ...
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Why do Christians stand when we sing?

Why do Christians stand when we sing? Because the day of the Lord is consecrated to the Resurrection, it is a kind of image of our hope in the Resurrection, the attitude of standing had for the early ...
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What is the origin of closing one's eyes during prayer?

It should be noted the current-day posture differs from the early Christian one: The traditional posture of prayer in medieval Europe is kneeling or supine with clasped hands, in antiquity more ...
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Why are the Trappist monks vegetarians?

Why are the Trappist monks vegetarians? The short answer is that it started out as a monastic custom. Simply put, it is because the originally in the Rule of St. Benedict (516), monks were not to eat ...
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Can I take notes during a mass?

The short answer is “no,” there is no problem if someone takes notes during the homily. (There are no norms regarding this, so there is not much in the way of sources, but anyone who wishes to ...
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Are crucifixes used in Protestant churches in Germany?

A cursory review of images posted on the internet shows that there are indeed some Protestant churches and chapels that contain one or more crucifixes. An example of this is in the Stiftskirche in ...
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Why does Judaism celebrate Sabbath on Saturday and most Christians celebrate Sabbath on Sunday?

When did Jews start sanctifying the 7th day of the week and why? When: after they received the Ten Commandments. The "Why" can be interpreted in two ways: Why did they do it? Because God commanded ...
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Do Jehovah's Witnesses have a systematized way of finding specific types of persons?

Yes, Jehovah’s Witnesses have a systematized way of proselytizing, but no, they are not looking for specific “types” of persons, i.e., based on gender, race, colour, ethnic background or culture. All ...
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