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Roman Catholic Mass

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Roman Catholic Mass Because I had such great experiences at the Buddhist Zen Sangha and the Hindu Temple, it was hard for me to thoroughly enjoy the sort of slow-moving Roman Catholic Mass that took place at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Jacksonville Beach. Upon entering, each parishioner dipped his or her hand in what was called “Holy Water” and made a sign of the cross. A sign of the cross is typically made with ones right hand, first touching the forehead, then the heart, the left shoulder, then the right shoulder (creating an invisible drawing of the cross). Later on, I asked the priest why this is done and he told me that it is to remind oneself of his or her “baptismal promises.” I noticed people bowing in front of the altar, touching one knee to the ground. During the question and answer ceremony, the priest referred to this action as “genuflecting”.
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Unformatted text preview: Once seated, I noticed many people kneeling with their foreheads resting on their folded hands, seeming to be praying. Soon after, music and song, or “hymn” begins. The priest and his “altar servers” walk down the aisle with candles, a book (the Book of Gospels) and the altar cross. Once the hymn stops, everyone makes the Sign of the Cross while the priest narrates: “In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit”- the “Trinitarian formula”. He says “the Lord be with you” and everyone symbiotically responds, “And also with you.” The priest then reads from the Bible. The first reading was from the Old Testament, the second reading from the Epistles of the New Testament, and the third from the Gospels. In the sermon, or homily, the priest attempts to sort of explain all of the three readings. During...
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