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Worship and Tradition

Liturgy and worship, prayer, spirituality, signs and symbols, Marian devotions, Clergy, Ordinary, Latin, and other Rites.

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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.

Catholics also 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 to Marian devotions. But many other saints are also honored with prayers, feast days, and devotions.

The units dedicated to rites and liturgy include focus on Eastern and Ancient rites as well as modern ones. It is hoped that by offering some historical perspective Catholics attached to various liturgical traditions, including Ordinary Form, Traditional, and Eastern rites 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, the priesthood, the papacy and Magisterium, and the institutional church.

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Subtopics and Study Aids

The Worship and Tradition program is divided into eight subtopics. All question banks, study aids, and review questions are organized along the same divisions.

Symbols — Clergy — Prayer — Marian Devotions
Roman Mass — Liturgy — Calendar — Languages

Worship and Tradition — Study Aids

Links to Study Aids that summarize the material needed to prepare for the Worship and Tradition quiz game are listed below. The Information Pages associated with each subtopic are also included in the Catholic Knowledge app.

  • Signs and SymbolsSymbols, Crosses, Colors, Christograms, Sacred objects, Vestments, etc.
  • Prelates and ClergyPapacy and Magisterium, Priests, Bishops, Religious Orders, Seminaries, etc.
  • Prayer and SpiritualityPrayer, Devotions, Divine Office, , Mysticism and Spirituality, Sacramentals, etc.
  • Marian DevotionsMariology, Marion Devotions, Apparitions, Shrines, Prayers and Hymns, etc.
  • The Roman MassOrder of Mass, Mass Prayers, Types of Mass, Sacred Vessels, History of Roman Mass, etc.
  • Liturgical RitesParent Rites, Eastern Rites, Liturgy of Hours , Anaphoras, Sacramentals, Liturgical Books, etc.
  • Liturgical CalendarLiturgical seasons, Christmas, Easter, , Pentecost, Feasts, Calendar Saints, etc.
  • Liturgical LanguagesGreek, Latin, Hebrew terms and phrases, Latin titles, Liturgical terms, etc.

Worship and Tradition — Review Questions

The Worship and Tradition program includes about 700 study questions divided among eight units. The printable worksheets listed below each consist of sample questions. Answering written questions while playing the quiz game can help students reinforce their knowledge.

Signs and Symbols      Prelates and Clergy
Prayer and Spirituality      Marian Devotions
The Roman Mass      Liturgical Rites
Liturgical Calendar      Liturgical Languages

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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.

Public Domain E-Books

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.

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Websites and Videos

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

Roman Liturgy

Eastern Liturgy

Traditional Latin Mass