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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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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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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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Do Christian concepts of fellowship allow for a congregation to welcome atheists to participate in their community?

Do Christian concepts of fellowship allow for a congregation to welcome atheists to participate in their community? In the most general terms, yes - most congregations are open to non-member ...
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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 true that early Christians were baptised naked?

A great deal of early Church art showed baptism being done in the nude. This would not have been shocking in the world of the early Church, as many early Christians were slaves. Most slaves in the ...
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Why do Indian Christian women wear head coverings?

This is in fact a Christian tradition coming from Paul: I commend you because you remember me in everything and maintain the traditions just as I handed them on to you. But I want you to understand ...
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At what age should my daughters start wearing a head covering when they pray?

There is currently no requirement in the Catholic Church that women or girls wear a veil. This has technically only been the case since 1983, when the current code of canon law was promulgated. The ...
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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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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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What is the purpose of attending the mass and going to Confession?

As far as why individual Catholics participate in the various liturgies and sacraments, there can be all sorts of reasons, from the highly religious to the merely social or cultural. The Church does ...
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Why do Salvation Army members wear uniforms in the church?

As a Soldier of The Salvation Army, I wear my uniform, in the same way others might wear a cross around their neck or something, the uniform identifies the wearer as a soldier of The Salvation Army, ...
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Does any church follow the Apostolic Tradition of Baptism ‘in the nude’, or was that never the tradition?

Baptism in the early church was modeled after the Mikvah immersions of Judaism. The Mikvahs were done in the nude. I believe that the baptism of John the Baptist was very similar to the Mikvah ...
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Catholic Baptism Process Pre-Vatican II

This is not clear purely from Church law, but it appears unlikely. Canon 752, section 1 of the 1917 Code of Canon Law reads: Adultus, nisi sciens et volens probeque instructus, ne baptizetur; ...
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Why do Christians in India eat meat in church?

There might be some confusion here, because killing animals in the church would probably not be done by most Christians. If, however, you mean "why to Christians kill and eat animals, in general?" ...
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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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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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Why do Indian Christian women wear head coverings?

I think you are confusing two different things. All most all Indian Christian women use the end of their sari as a veil during a christian religions service. This is purely for convenience, nothing ...
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Are there any major Protestant denominations that meet every day and are together all the time like the early church was?

The two passages you cite from Acts involve may involve very different models of Christian life. The former describes how some Christians lived, the latter describes what some Christians did. The ...
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Why is the funeral/burial several days after death?

There is nothing in the Code of Canon Law which requires a wait of any particular time after a death for a funeral to take place. (My father was buried two days after his death; so were my wife's ...
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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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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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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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Why does Judaism celebrate Sabbath on Saturday and most Christians celebrate Sabbath on Sunday?

I have only entered this because the question appears to have been talked around, with most viewpoints represented, but without anyone bringing the pieces together. All pious Jews and some Christians ...
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What do Protestants who deny transubstantiation do with the remainders of wine and bread after the Eucharist?

As a United Methodist Clergy, I have two habits: I invite the children and youth to join me around the table to consume the elements (bread and juice) following worship. I offer this prayer for the ...
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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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Did the Christian practice of having a prayer before Bible study evolve during Martin Luther's time?

The Tie Between Luther and Augustine Luther entered an Augustinian monastery when he became a monk, so it is not surprising that he was heavily influenced by Augustine. An excellent survey of the ...
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Do Christian concepts of fellowship allow for a congregation to welcome atheists to participate in their community?

From the point of view of a Seventh-Day Adventist, we welcome unbelievers, because many in the church have come from Atheism. You would be welcome with open arms.
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