Church Teaching Q&A~Liturgy Explained



Preparing the Corporal on the Altar
And More on the Washing of the Hands

Washing of Women's Feet on Holy Thursday?
And More on Preparing the Corporal for the Altar

Confirmation and the Laity's Role
And More on Rent-a-Priest

Let the Little Children Run?
And Observations on "Redemptionis Sacramentum"

Communion for Homebound Moms
And More on Crowded Altars

Decorating the Sanctuary
Common questions about liturgical norms and the proper way to celebrate the Mass.

How Brides Should Dress
Catholic.net would like to share with its readers this weekly column that ZENIT has launched featuring common questions about liturgical norms and the proper way to celebrate the Mass.

And Also With You
When the presider at Mass greets the assembly with the words "The Lord be with you" he extends his arms to all in a gesture of pouring out this wish and blessing ...

Should Lectors Sit in the Pews?
The General Instruction of the Roman Missal states that extraordinary ministers of Communion only approach the altar after the priest has received Communion. But we must distinguish between approaching the altar and being present in the sanctuary.

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?

Substituting the "Lamb of God"
The short answer to this, and to similar questions regarding priests altering prescribed texts or composing new ones, is no. But in some countries and religious congregations, small additions have been made with proper authorization from the Holy See.

Ad-libbing the Prayers of the Faithful
There are some communities with a long tradition of intercessory prayer who have learned to formulate brief concrete intentions according to the indications given in the ritual, above all on weekdays or in small groups.

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.

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 ecclesial Communities."

Preparation of the Gifts
The practice described of preparing wine and water beforehand is not quite correct, although unfortunately not uncommon in some quarters.

Homilies While Walking? And More on Holy Communion for Non-Catholics
While perhaps the GIRM does not strictly forbid moving around while preaching the homily, it certainly indicates a preference on the part of the Church that the homily be preached from a stable position.

Why “For All” in the Words of Consecration?
And More on the Preparation of the Gifts

Both Species from an Extraordinary Minister
If no priest or deacon is available to distribute the Precious Blood in the circumstances where Communion under both kinds is permitted and customary, then it cannot be considered an abuse to avail of the services of an extraordinary minister of Communion

Previously Consecrated Hosts for Concelebrants
Each concelebrating priest truly offers the sacrifice of the Mass and he must complete his part of the sacrifice by partaking of both species offered at that Mass just as if he were celebrating alone.

Breaking the Host Before Consecration
This abuse seems to have arisen from a literal and somewhat dramatic interpretation of the words of the institution narrative of the consecration “He took the bread, broke it…”

Communion Services Before Daily Mass
In order to hold a daily Communion service guided by lay ministers, express permission is required from the bishop, who is encouraged not to grant it with ease.

Use of the Church Organ During Advent
The pipe organ is to be held in high esteem, for it is the traditional musical instrument that adds a wonderful splendor to the Church's ceremonies and powerfully lifts up the spirit to God and to higher things.

Rose-Colored Vestments on Gaudete Sunday
I have always observed that the priest wore a rose or pink vestment on Gaudete Sunday, the third Sunday of Advent.

Rhythm of the Scripture Readings
How and by what process is the daily Scripture reading determined?

The Divine Praises at Adoration
And more on unauthorized baptisms.

Baptisms Must Be Redone
Vatican says ‘Creator, Redeemer, Sanctifier’ not Baptism.

Alternative English Texts for Mass
And more on celebrating extra Masses.

Applause at Homilies
And more on substituting the Sunday Liturgy.

Extraordinary Ministers and Both Species of Communion
And more on shifting or substituting the Sunday Liturgy.

Eucharist vs. the Word
And more on forms of Absolution.


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