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This section of the Library provides documented answers to questions concerning liturgical practice. All answers are documented if possible and links to the appropriate documents are provided.

The answers provided here are not to be considered authoritative. I provide the most correct answers I can find but cannot guarantee that I am correct 100% of the time.

When reading the answers to questions please remember that just because a priest or other minister does not follow the rubrics precisely, it does not mean that the Mass is invalid or that the minister is intentionally disobeying Church law. Many times such errors are simple mistakes or habits.

If you decide to approach someone about errors, always assume that the mistake was innocent and not intentional. You are much more likely to receive a positive response when acting in charity than when you act in anger or with the assumption that the mistakes are intentional.


Appointments & Architecture
Church buildings and the things that go in them.

The how-to of official ceremonies.

What customs are legitimate.

General Principles
Basic considerations about Church law.

Law about liturgical languages.

Liturgical Seasons
Colors and feasts.

Who can do what and when.

What is proper music for liturgical services.

Posture & Gestures
When to sit, stand, kneel and bow.

Other Sacraments
Liturgical law about the other sacraments (marriage, baptism, etc.)

New Law Answers

  1. Kneeling To Receive Holy Communion
  2. Removing Holy Water During Lent
  3. Flags, Display of in Roman Catholic Churches (US)
  4. Easter Vigil, Proper Time
  5. Purification of Vessels by Extraordinary Ministers

New Liturgical Texts

  1. Vesting Prayers (1970 Missal)
  2. Vesting Prayers (1962 Missal)
  3. Institution of an Acolyte During Mass (1970 Missal)
  4. Proclamation of the Date of Easter at Epiphany (1970 Missal)
  5. Rite of Marriage During Mass (1962 Missal)

New Magazine Articles

  1. Parish Liturgical Renewal
  2. Church Renovation
    An Architect's Perspective
  3. St. Nowhere's
  4. Liturgical Architecture
    Its Abuse and Restoration
  5. Reconnecting to Tradition

New Documents

  1. Apostolic Letter "Summorum Pontificum" issued Motu Proprio - July 7,2007
  2. Instruction on the Application of the Apostolic Letter Summorum Pontificum - April 30,2011
  3. Decree of the Sacred Congregation of the Discipline of the Sacraments on First Communion - August 8,1910
  4. Post-Synodal Exhortation On the Eucharist as the Source and Summit of the Church's Life and Mission - March 13,2007
  5. Concerning the Use of Female Altar Servers - July 27,2001

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"The Catholic Liturgical Library at has a wealth of information. If you have a question on the liturgy, or just want to expand your knowledge about it, this is a great place to start your journey."

- National Catholic Register March 25, 2001

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