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Rubrics & Law

Purpose

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.

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  5. Purification of Vessels by Extraordinary Ministers

Topics

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

Ceremonies
The how-to of official ceremonies.

Customs
What customs are legitimate.

General Principles
Basic considerations about Church law.

Language
Law about liturgical languages.

Liturgical Seasons
Colors and feasts.

Ministers
Who can do what and when.

Music
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.)



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