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Why does the priest say the words of the consecration in a low tone in the Extraordinary Form of the Mass, when Jesus probably did not say it in a low tone? What started out as a necessity in Rome, turned into an ecclesiastical custom and eventually became the traditional way of saying the Mass of Pope St. Pius V in the West. The very Early Church in Rome ...


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St. Robert Bellarmine, On the Most Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, ch. 12 "Not everything in Mass must necessarily be said in a loud voice": The next question is not much different from the previous one ["On the Kind of Language"], namely on the manner of voice. Our adversaries impugn the Latin Church because it bids many things in Mass to ...


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One potential answer: It may have been popularized at Oxford. On [Christmas Eve] our ancestors were wont to light up Candles of an uncommon size, called Christmas Candles*[...] *In the Butter of St John's College, Oxford, an ancient candle-socket of one still remains, ornamented with the figure of the Holy Lamb. It was formerly used to burn the Christmas ...


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The answer would be no, Jesus wasn't standing through the whole of the Last Supper (aka Passover). Now before the feast of the passover, when Jesus knew that his hour was come that he should depart out of this world unto the Father, having loved his own which were in the world, he loved them unto the end. John 13:1 This sets the stage for the High Priest ...


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They ate the Last Supper reclining. The reason Alfred Edersheim gives to this is more than a little interesting, which can be summarised thus: The reason they ate the Last Supper, and the Passover meals in general, in a reclining position is because it was a graphic declaration and reminder to the Jewish people that they were no longer slaves. "... it ...


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That's a church tradition in my country; all of my churches face east. I asked why they always face east to the priest, he said that's just a tradition people do. That is why all the churches face east. I also learned that that is a way to pray.


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I believe that the tradition of Christians praying towards the east came from Solomon's dedication of the Temple in Numbers Chapter 6: Numbers 6:34 If thy people go out to war against their enemies by the way that thou shalt send them, and they pray unto thee toward this city which thou hast chosen, and the house which I have built for thy name; 35 then ...


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