The Roman Catholic Church refers to their rituals and ceremonies as rites, including baptism and first communion. There are various rites that take place during specific times of the day, week and year, as well as rites that occur at various points in a parishioner's lifetime.Continue Reading
Roman Catholic Church rituals consist of ceremonies that happen routinely or only at specific points in someone's lifetime, such as a first communion or baptism. Many Roman Catholics follow the weekly rites of confession followed by Sunday Mass, which includes Liturgy of the Eucharist. This is the most common ritual that non-Catholics recognize, and it deals directly with taking communion, or the physical symbols of the body and blood of Christ as a homage to the Last Supper.
Another commonly recognized ritual is that of Last Rites. This is performed at the time of death as a prayer by a priest. The prayer asks for the soul of the individual to be forgiven for its sins and for the soul to be allowed into Heaven. This can be done for someone who is awake and aware the rites are being performed, as well as for someone who is in a coma or who has just died.Learn more about Christianity
Some Roman Catholic daily homilies include Mark Latta's daily reflection for November 12, 2015 that discusses exercising discernment in daily life and the December 24 homily that discusses Zechariah's life and God's promise to Abraham. The December 25, 2015 homily wishes congregants a Merry Christmas and goes on to say that Jesus reflects God the Father.Full Answer >
The core Roman Catholic beliefs were first defined in 325 A.D. The beliefs now known as the Nicene Creed or the Constantinopolitan Creed were defined in the Councils of Nicaea and Constantinople.Full Answer >
Some major differences between the Roman Catholic Church and the Church of England (Anglican) include women, gays and lesbians in the clergy; priests are allowed to marry; and greater local control over churches instead of a strong central authority, according to About.com. The Anglican Church was started by King Henry VIII of England when he split with the pope regarding his divorce.Full Answer >
Those getting married in the Catholic Church must be baptized Christians, not too closely related, in good standing with the church, of the opposite sex and free to marry. The term "free to marry" is often the biggest obstacle in prospective Catholic marriages. If someone has been married previously, his spouse must either be deceased, or he must receive a nullification from the Church. A legal divorce is not enough.Full Answer >