Why does the priest pour water into the wine and put a piece of the bread into the cup?

By David Philippart| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Prayer and Sacraments Scripture and Theology
Both actions are very ancient and began as practical necessities, but eventually the necessities disappeared and were even forgotten.

Later when Christians started to ask what these two gestures meant, they began to interpret the actions symbolically. While these symbols may never have been intended in the beginning, the better ones made sense and became part of our rich tradition.


Why does the priest pour water into the wine and put a piece of the bread into the cup?

By David Philippart| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Prayer and Sacraments Scripture and Theology
Both actions are very ancient and began as practical necessities, but eventually the necessities disappeared and were even forgotten.

Later when Christians started to ask what these two gestures meant, they began to interpret the actions symbolically. While these symbols may never have been intended in the beginning, the better ones made sense and became part of our rich tradition.


Why do we hold hands during the Our Father?

By David Philippart| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Prayer and Sacraments Scripture and Theology
A how the practice of holdng hands at the Lord's Prayer began is like asking who invented kissing. We may never know for sure, but it's easy to guess.

Some families and households hold hands to say grace before meals. Maybe this practice migrated to church, as the Our Father is the final "grace" that we say before sharing in the Lord's Supper.


Why do we hold hands during the Our Father?

By David Philippart| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Prayer and Sacraments Scripture and Theology
A how the practice of holdng hands at the Lord's Prayer began is like asking who invented kissing. We may never know for sure, but it's easy to guess.

Some families and households hold hands to say grace before meals. Maybe this practice migrated to church, as the Our Father is the final "grace" that we say before sharing in the Lord's Supper.


Is the mass still a sacrifice?

By Joel Schorn| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Prayer and Sacraments Scripture and Theology
It's in there. At Mass Catholics pray to God to "look with favor on your church's offering and see the victim whose death has reconciled us to yourself. . . . Calling to mind the death your Son endured for our salva-tion . . . we offer you in thanksgiving this holy and living sacrifice."

Is the mass still a sacrifice?

By Joel Schorn| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Prayer and Sacraments Scripture and Theology
It's in there. At Mass Catholics pray to God to "look with favor on your church's offering and see the victim whose death has reconciled us to yourself. . . . Calling to mind the death your Son endured for our salva-tion . . . we offer you in thanksgiving this holy and living sacrifice."

What are annulments for?

By Joel Schorn| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Scripture and Theology
"Why do I have to go through this?" The question sums up many other questions people have about annulments, the way the Catholic Church says a marriage is ended.

 "My fiance isn't even Catholic; why does he have to have his first marriage annulled? Other churches and religions recognize civil divorce; why not the Catholic Church? Isn't an annulment really just a hypocritical way for the church to let Catholics get around divorce? Why do I have to suffer the pain and humiliation of reliving my failed marriage?"


What are annulments for?

By Joel Schorn| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Scripture and Theology
"Why do I have to go through this?" The question sums up many other questions people have about annulments, the way the Catholic Church says a marriage is ended.

 "My fiance isn't even Catholic; why does he have to have his first marriage annulled? Other churches and religions recognize civil divorce; why not the Catholic Church? Isn't an annulment really just a hypocritical way for the church to let Catholics get around divorce? Why do I have to suffer the pain and humiliation of reliving my failed marriage?"


Visions of hell: Depictions of hell in art

By J. Peter Nixon| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Art and Architecture Scripture and Theology

 

Fra Angelico - The Last Judgement (Winged Altar) - Google Art Project
Fra Angelico [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons


Visions of hell: Depictions of hell in art

By J. Peter Nixon| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Art and Architecture Scripture and Theology

 

Fra Angelico - The Last Judgement (Winged Altar) - Google Art Project
Fra Angelico [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons


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