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Catholic Worship - Types and Tips

The most well-known form of Catholic worship is the Mass, but it's not the only one. Learn more about other forms of worship in the Catholic Church, including the traditional (Tridentine) Latin Mass and the Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom. Find tips on how to participate more fully in the Mass and how to take advantage of the great liturgical richness and diversity of the Catholic Church.
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The Purpose of Worship
God does not need man's worship; He is complete in Himself. Why, then, do Christians worship God? What is the purpose of worship?

Why Don't Catholics Sing the Alleluia During Lent?
Throughout the liturgical year, the Catholic Church makes certain changes to the Mass to reflect the liturgical season. Next to the change in the color of the priest's vestments, the absence of the Alleluia during Lent is probably the most obvious. After the time of penance and waiting is over, the Alleluia will return at the celebration of...

Why Must Catholics Go to Mass Every Sunday?
The Catholic Church says that all Catholics have an obligation to participate in Mass every Sunday. Why is that necessary, and how do we fulfill our duty to worship God?

The Catholic Mass
The Mass, an ancient celebration, is the central act of worship in the Catholic Church. Through it, the Sacrifice of Christ on the Cross is made present to the faithful, and they receive the grace that Christ merited for the world through His unselfish sacrifice.

The New Translation of the Mass
A complete list of the changes to the people's parts in the new translation of the Mass.

The Latin Mass
The Mass currently celebrated in the Roman Catholic Church is only about 40 years old. Before that time, another Mass, commonly called the "Latin Mass," the "traditional Latin Mass," the "Tridentine Mass," or the "Mass of Pope St. Pius V" was celebrated. Learn more about the history—and the possible future—of this ancient liturgy.

Summorum Pontificum
The Apostolic Letter Motu Proprio "Summorum Pontificum," issued by Pope Benedict XVI on July 7, 2007, restored, as one of the two approved forms of the Mass, the ancient Traditional Latin Mass.

Universae Ecclesiae
The Instruction "Universae Ecclesiae" clarifies elements of "Summorum Pontificum," which restored, as one of the two approved forms of the Mass, the ancient Traditional Latin Mass.

Differences Between the Traditional Latin Mass and the Novus Ordo
There are many small differences between the Mass of Pope Paul VI, introduced in 1969 after the Second Vatican Council, and the Traditional Latin Mass, celebrated in essentially the same form for the previous 1,400 years. What, however, are the most obvious differences?

The Revised Good Friday Prayer for the Jews
On Monday, February 4, 2008, Pope Benedict XVI issued a revised prayer for the Jews for use in Good Friday celebrations according to the traditional Roman Missal of 1962.

The Mass of Paul VI
The Mass of Paul VI refers to the Mass introduced by Pope Paul VI in 1969, commonly called the Novus Ordo.

Novus Ordo Missae
The Novus Ordo Missae refers to the Mass introduced by Pope Paul VI after Vatican II.

Novus Ordo
Novus Ordo refers to the Mass introduced by Pope Paul VI after Vatican II.

The Traditional Latin Mass
The Traditional Latin Mass is a name often applied to the Mass of Pope St. Pius V, promulgated on July 14, 1570, through the apostolic constitution Quo Primum, which standardized the traditional Latin Rite Mass.

The Mass of Pope St. Pius V
The Mass of Pope St. Pius V, often called the Traditional Latin Mass, was promulgated on July 14, 1570, through the apostolic constitution Quo Primum, which standardized the traditional Latin Rite Mass.

The Tridentine Mass
The Tridentine Mass is a name often applied to the Mass of Pope St. Pius V, promulgated on July 14, 1570, through the apostolic constitution Quo Primum, which standardized the traditional Latin Rite Mass.

The Catholic Liturgical Library
An excellent, award-winning site that features information on, and liturgical texts for, both the Novus Ordo Mass and the Tridentine Mass.

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