Certain parts in the Solemn High Mass are sung by the assistants and simultaneously prayed silently by the priest. What is the reason for this repetition of prayers? Continue reading “Why certain prayers in the Latin Mass are said twice”
It is a fact that may not appear obvious but the use of silk or even cotton is not approved for the liturgy. Continue reading “Why the Catholic Church does not allow the use of silk for the liturgy”
“Ankle-length garment” is the literal meaning of the corresponding Latin term. Continue reading “Why priests should wear cassocks?”
Our Lord’s words were simply a strong way of saying, in the Hebrew style, that no Continue reading “MYTHS DEBUNKED: “Priests should not be called ‘Father’, since Christ said «Call no man your father on earth»””
The term ‘tabernacle’ arose as a reference to the Old Testament tabernacle which was the locus of God’s presence among the Jewish people. Continue reading “What is not allowed in front of a tabernacle”
The chalice occupies the first place among sacred vessels, and by a figure of speech the material cup is often used as if it were synonymous with the Precious Blood itself. Continue reading “Why chalices are of gold or silver, not wood”
It is a fact that may not appear obvious but the use of cotton or silk is not approved for the liturgy. Continue reading “Why the Church prescribes the use of linen for the liturgy, instead of cotton”
In the Epistle to the Hebrews, you will find these words, “For every high priest taken from among men, is ordained for men in the things that appertain to God, that he may offer up gifts and sacrifices for sins.” (Hebr. 5:1) Continue reading “Why do priests say Mass in Latin?”
In the course of past centuries the ceremonies of the Holy Mass organically grew to what have now in the 1962 Solemn High Mass, i.e. the High Mass with deacon and subdeacon. Continue reading “Why the priest in the 1962 Low Mass says certain parts up loud and others silently”
You may have noticed it sometimes: The priest’s hand is kissed during a Mass ceremony or by one of the faithful when greeting him.
The reason why the hand of a priest is kissed (for example during the liturgy), is because the hands of bishops and priests are consecrated.
This makes the hands the ultimate symbol for the priesthood. By kissing their hand, we render praise to God for the sacraments Christ has entrusted to the Church and her consecrated servants, the priests.
Outside the liturgy
In many countries it was traditional to kiss the consecrated hand of a priest even outside the liturgy. This tradition is still practiced in Latin America and certain parts of Eastern Europe.
What about bishops?
Bishops generally do not get kissed on the hand, but on their episcopal ring. To find out more why that is, read our other article: Why we kiss the ring of a Bishop.
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