Mass is the form of worship taken in Catholic services, centering on the remembrance of the sacrifice of Christ on Calvary. Mass is an integral part of life experience as a practicing Catholic within the Catholic Church.Continue Reading
Mass is a central practice within the Catholic faith because it satisfies two central Biblical commands, one from God and the other from Christ. The Catholic Education Resource Center explains that Catholic mass is meant to follow the Old Testament command to honor the Sabbath as well as the New Testament command of Christ to commemorate the Last Supper.
According to the official website of Pope Benedict XVI, there are four basic rites of mass, each equally important to the practice of faith. The Introductory Rite begins with a priestly procession, followed by a communal hymn and the chance for members of the church to confess. The Liturgy of the Word follows, involving a communal reading of the Old Testament. The third part is known as the Eucharist, during which time the entire congregation partakes in the Holy Communion. The final part of mass allows the congregation to reflect upon the Eucharist, followed by a brief reading and prayer from the priest before dismissal.Learn more about Christianity
Catholics light candles for the dead as an act of remembrance or as a prayer for their souls. They can light candles at any time; however, death anniversaries and All Souls' Day are particularly popular dates to light candles in prayer for the dead.Full Answer >
The Catholic Ten Commandments are those commands of God listed in Exodus 20:1-17. The commandments summarize the laws of God, with the first three commandments dealing with mankind's relationship to God and the remaining seven dealing with mankind's relationship to other people.Full Answer >
A three o'clock prayer is a Catholic devotion to Jesus, to remember his sacrifice and passion and beg his forgiveness. The prayer is made daily at three in the afternoon because that is the time on Good Friday that Jesus died on the cross.Full Answer >
Catholics celebrate Christmas by attending mass on the holy days of obligation on Christmas day (December 25th) and on Mother Mary's feast day (January 1st), as well as celebrating with Advent candles, nativity scenes and family celebrations. Many Catholics may also choose to put up a Christmas tree and hang Christmas lights.Full Answer >