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Ritual purity is a familiar concept in Christianity due to its importance to the Israelite sacrificial system as described in the Old Testament. The vast majority of Christian churches however do not believe that this kind of physical ritual purity applies to Christianity. Ritual purity is understood to have been a physical metaphor for the spiritual purity ...


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No, incense is not burned in LDS temples. In the temple at Jerusalem, and in some traditional Christian liturgy (such as the Catholic mass), burning incense is used as a symbol for prayer, which ascends to heaven and is pleasing to God. It is also a symbol of the Savior Jesus Christ. As part of the LDS temple ceremony, participants gather around a table ...


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The previous answer is somewhat incomplete. While the Catholic church and most Protestant churches do not have any rules about menstruation and ritual purity, this concept is quite common in Orthodox churches, notably both the Russian and Greek Orthodox churches. There, a menstruating woman is not allowed to participate in some aspects of liturgical life:...


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It would seem that is the earliest known Biblical reference to ashes being in Genesis, when Abraham accepts that he is nothing but dust and ashes before the LORD, so it is a symbol of humility before God. Then Abraham answered and said, “Indeed now, I who am but dust and ashes have taken it upon myself to speak to the Lord..." Genesis 18:27 ...


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I think you are referring to the Budded Cross. The article says, A cross with three circles or discs on each arm in a Christian context represents the Holy Trinity but was probably also copied from earlier Celtic Druidry, where the circles or rings represent the three dominions of earth, sky and sea. There are several names for this cross, ...


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The practice of throwing dust upon the head symbolizes humility and repentance. By casting the dust over one's head, they are equating themselves to the same level as the dust of the earth and are seeking God's pity and forgiveness. The Hebrew word translated as 'dust' and 'ashes' is עָפָר "a'phar". In Esther, it uses the word אֵפֶר "e'pher&...


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Matins and Vespers are prayer services prescribed for the morning and evening respectively, and the terms generally refer to services with particular orders of worship laid down in various hymnals used by the Lutheran denominations. However, while "matins" is an order of worship established for use in the morning, there are some congregations, and some ...


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In some cultures, notably the UK but also others, the term 'Christian name' simply means (or used to mean) someone's first name. So David Cameron's Christian name is 'David'. The logic behind this is that babies were typically 'named' at their baptism, which typically occurred shortly after their birth. Going back thirty or forty years you would find ...


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The practice of throwing dust upon one's head actually predates the writing of the Bible by several centuries, appearing in the pyramid texts of Egypt from the Pyramid of Pepi II. These writings date to around 2278 B.C. - some of the oldest know writings by humanity. For comparison, Abraham is usually dated to 1800 BC, so these mourning rituals were not ...


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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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Can only the priest lead the ritual of washing the feet in Holy Tursday in the Catholic Church? The short answer is yes, only a bishop or priest may preform the Mandatum. According to the rubrics only bishops and priests are liturgically permitted to wash the feet of the faithful. It should be noted that the rite of Mandatum remains optional during the ...


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Did the 19th Century Anglican Church have exorcism rituals or prayers? I think it is safe to say that the Anglican Church has a form of exorcism ritual(or prayers) during the 19th century. Exorcism is more widespread in contemporary England than perhaps at any other time in history. The Anglican Church is by no means the main provider of this ritual, ...


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Job 34:14 *If it were his (God's) intention and he withdrew his spirit and breath, 15 all humanity would perish together and mankind would return to the dust.* Read the chapter in context. Elihu presents a magnificent superlative of the superiority of God... It is He who invests the 'dust' of creation with aptitude and passion and beauty and free will...life ...


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As far as the use of Christian name in the protestant faith seems to be a carry over from the Jewish tradition of giving the baby a name at circumcision. Luke 1:59 KJV And it came to pass, that on the eighth day they came to circumcise the child; and they called him Zacharias, after the name of his father. Exactly when and how this tradition began I ...


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