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Worship and Tradition

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Worship and Tradition—Overview

The Worship and Tradition program includes questions related to popular devotions, formal liturgical worship, prayer and spirituality, signs and symbols, and Catholic institutions. The Catholic Church has an enormously rich heritage in terms of liturgy, popular piety, private devotions, and spiritual development. Sacramentals, liturgical feasts, the Divine Office, vigils, processions, adoration, popular prayers, devotions, and spiritual exercises are a few of the ways Catholics express their praise and affection for their creator and savior.

In addition to worship and devotions dedicated to God, Catholics uphold many traditions related to veneration of the saints and requests for their intercession. There are so many prayers and traditions dedicated to the Blessed Virgin that one unit is dedicated entirely to Marian devotions. But many other saints are honored with special prayers, feast days, and traditions.

The units dedicated to rites and liturgy include study aids and questions related to Eastern and ancient rites and anaphoras. It is hoped that by offering some historical perspective Catholics attached to various liturgical traditions, such as the Traditional Latin Mass and Byzantine Rite can better understand their common heritage.

Other topics covered in the Worship and Tradition Unit include Signs and Symbols, Christian mysticism, the process of canonization of saints, the priesthood, the papacy and Magisterium, and the institutional church.

Subdivisions and Study Aids

There are about 700 study questions associated with the Worship and Tradition program subdivided into eight units of about 90 questions. Links to study aids, homework assignments and reading recommendations are provided for each subtopic.

Unit Topics Covered
1: Signs and Symbols Symbols, Crosses, Colors, Christograms, Sacred objects, Vestments, etc.
2: Prelates and Clergy Papacy and Magisterium, Priests, Bishops, Religious Orders, Seminaries, etc.
3: Prayer and Spirituality Prayer, Devotions, Divine Office, , Mysticism and Spirituality, Sacramentals, etc.
4: Marian Devotions Mariology, Marion Devotions, Apparitions, Shrines, Prayers and Hymns, etc.
5: The Roman Mass Order of Mass, Mass Prayers, Types of Mass, Sacred Vessels, History of Roman Mass, etc.
6: Liturgical Rites Parent Rites, Eastern Rites, Liturgy of Hours , Anaphoras, Sacramentals, Liturgical Books, etc.
7: Liturgical Calendar Liturgical seasons, Christmas, Easter, , Pentecost, Feasts, Calendar Saints, etc.
8: Liturgical Languages Greek, Latin, Hebrew terms and phrases, Latin titles, Liturgical terms, etc.

Recommended Reading

The Worship and Tradition unit involves a variety of Catholic information from a diverse set of sources. The Catholic Almanac, Missals, Prayer Books, Liturgical Calendars, and a history of the Roman liturgy are just a few examples. We have tried to include information about both Pre and Post Vatican II liturgy and traditions.

Catholic Sourcebook
This Source Book is a vast collection of information to help Catholics learn, renew, teach, and live their faith. Chapters include: Prayers, Tradition, Scripture, Church, Liturgy, The Liturgical Year, Devotions, Veneration of Saints, Catholic Symbols, and Word and Phrase Origins.

Catholic Almanac
Our Sunday Visitor's Catholic Almanac includes hundreds of intriguing facts and essential details on a wide range of Catholic subjects. Some topics covered include: doctrine of the Catholic Church, dates and events in Catholic history, Canon Law, Glossary of Catholic Terms, Church calendar, activities of Religious orders, Saints, Encyclicals, and World Statistics.

Short History of the Roman Mass
A short, authoritative, enthralling history of the Roman Mass from the Last Supper to the Modern day. Covers Low Mass, Sacramentaries, other Western Rites, The book Highlights the reforms of Popes St. Gregory the Great (590-604) and St. Pius V (1566-1572), and discusses Vatican II documents on the Liturgy.

St. Joseph Sunday Missal
This complete and permanent Saint Joseph Sunday Missal from Catholic Book Publishing is a comprehensive, all-inclusive Missal that provides everything necessary to fully participate in each Sunday, Sunday vigil, and Holy Day Mass. It contains the Lectionary readings and the celebrant's and people's prayers (in bold face) for Sundays and Holy Days. This attractive Missal offers the complete 3-year cycle for all Sunday readings, conveniently repeating prayers for each cycle to eliminate unnecessary page-turning..

Treasure and Tradition
This book was designed to open up the riches of the Latin Mass to all. Includes an English translation of the Latin text, as well as photos, diagrams, notes and explanations that help students understand the history and significance of the parts of Mass. Also included are explanations of the main differences between the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms, a discussion comparing the development of the Mass with that of the Divine Office.

Ecclesiastical Year for Students
This book covers the Liturgical Calendar, describes parts of the Roman Mass, and covers ceremonies related to the Sacraments. It is in the public domain.

Websites and Online Videos

These websites help introduce the rites and prayers associated with both Roman and Eastern liturgies.

Roman Liturgy

Eastern Liturgy

Traditional Latin Mass