Church Teaching Q&A~Liturgy Explained



Postures at Adoration and After Communion
And more on Saturday Mass.

Appropriate Penances
Interpreting liturgical norms.

Masses for Priestly Vocations
And more on the Precious Blood for children.

Interpreting Liturgical Norms
And more on exiting after Communion.

Leaving Right After Communion
Is It Wrong to Leave Mass Early?

A Commentator's Role
Inappropriate tasks Commentators must avoid.

Rite of Marriage
What to include on my matrimony liturgy?

Praying for the Departed
What power does the Evil One have over the faithful departed?

Confessions During Mass
Is hearing confessions during Mass allowed?

Gospel Reflection by a Layperson?
No "reflection" of any kind may be given by a layperson during Mass except for those brief, prepared commentaries that may introduce some parts of the celebration according to liturgical norms.

Eucharistic Prayer for the Celebrant(s) Alone?
Why has the Eucharistic Prayer always been reserved to the celebrant/concelebrants? It is worded in first person plural, and so it might seem appropriate for everyone to join in, as in the Credo?

Liturgy Document: What the New Rules Mean?
“Eucharistic ministers” are a thing of the past. They are now to be called “extraordinary ministers of holy Communion.” And decanters or pitchers on the altar for the Precious Blood, glass chalices and earthenware ciboria are no longer permitted.

What is the procedure for the solemn exposition of the Blessed Sacrament?
It may be possible to have perpetual adoration if there is a separate chapel specially dedicated for this purpose.

Dancing during Mass?
Although not specifically mentioned in the instruction Redemptionis Sacramentum, dance can be included in the overall prohibition on introducing elements not contemplated by the liturgical books.

Eucharist for Non-Catholics?
The Church recognizes that "in certain circumstances, by way of exception, and under certain conditions, access to these sacraments may be permitted, or even commended, for Christians of other Churches and ecclesiastical Communities."

Are There Guidelines for Extraordinary Latin Mass Celebration?
Vatican urges Bishops to comply to new guidelines.


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