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How well do you know the traditions of the Catholic Church? Take this quiz to test your understanding of the meaning of the symbolism used in the Traditional Holy Mass. don't worry if you don't get them all right. Each answer has an explanation.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    Why does the Catholic Church use the colour red in eccliastical vestments at certain times of the year?

    • A.

      Red signifies the Holy Spirit.

    • B.

      Red means hope of salvation.

    • C.

      Red signifies the fire of love towards God, and the shedding of blood for the faith.

    • D.

      Red signifies the joy and purity of the soul.

    • E.

      Red is the colour of humility and penance.

    Correct Answer
    C. Red signifies the fire of love towards God, and the shedding of blood for the faith.
    Explanation
    Red signifies the fire of love towards God, so is the liturgical colour for Whitsuntide, the feast of the Holy Ghost, and the feast days on which the suffering and the cross of Christ is called to mind; for the feast days of the Apostles and martyrs who shed their blood for the faith out of love for the Redeemer.

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  • 2. 

    In the liturgical langage and architecture of the Church what does the choir represent?

    • A.

      A joyful noise unto the Lord.

    • B.

      With the high altar, the choir represents the head of Our Divine Redeemer.

    • C.

      It represents the voice of the people as they sing hymns of praise and worship to God.

    • D.

      It represents the token of our salvation, the cross of Christ.

    • E.

      None of the above.

    Correct Answer
    B. With the high altar, the choir represents the head of Our Divine Redeemer.
    Explanation
    In Church achitecture, if you were to superimpose the body of Jesus onto a diagram of the Church, the head of Christ fits in the sanctuary; the arms become the transepts; and the body and legs fill out the nave. The choir is another essential part of the nave. It is the place in the church set aside for those members of the congregation who are specially trained to lead the sung portion of the liturgy. For acoustical reasons, choirs are typically placed on one of the building’s axes. In many ancient churches the choir is made up of a series of stalls at the front part of the nave near the altar, but this was common only when choirs were made up exclusively of clergymen. The first church known to accommodate such a choir was San Clemente in Rome, when an enclosed choir (called the schola cantorum) was placed in the nave during the twelfth century. But monastery churches had introduced choir stalls nearly six hundred years before that, because chant has long been an important part of monastic prayer.

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  • 3. 

    In the vestments of the Catholic Church, what is a girdle?

    • A.

      A medieval torture device.

    • B.

      A waist cincture worn by those doing severe penance.

    • C.

      A garment traditionally worn by Catholic women under their dresses.

    • D.

      A white cord with which the alb, (a long white linen robe) is bound round the waist of the priest; a girdle is the emblem of purity.

    • E.

      B and C

    Correct Answer
    D. A white cord with which the alb, (a long white linen robe) is bound round the waist of the priest; a girdle is the emblem of purity.
    Explanation
    while the alb is worn as a sign of purity of heart and represents the white dress of mockery which Herod clothed Jesus with when he reviled Him as a fool, the girdle binds the alb around the waist, and is the emblem of purity.

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  • 4. 

    What is a Requiem Mass?

    • A.

      A Mass said for a special intention, public or private, outside the Office of the day.

    • B.

      A Mass for the dead.

    • C.

      A Mass for the season, agreeing with the Office of the Breviary.

    • D.

      A High Mass celebrated by a bishop with special ceremonies.

    • E.

      Requiem Masses are no longer allowed; they are now called Masses of Christian burial.

    Correct Answer
    B. A Mass for the dead.
    Explanation
    A Requiem Mass, so called from the first word of the Introit, is a Mass for the dead.

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  • 5. 

    In the traditional language of the Catholic Church, in the Proper of the Seasons, what is the series of Whitsunday?

    • A.

      The Sundays between Ash Wednesday and Easter.

    • B.

      The entire season between Ash Wednesday and Easter Sunday.

    • C.

      The Pentecost Cycle between the Saturday before Whitsunday (the feast of Pentecost)

    • D.

      The season of Advent in the traditional calendar.

    • E.

      The season where no solemnities occur.

    Correct Answer
    C. The Pentecost Cycle between the Saturday before Whitsunday (the feast of Pentecost)
    Explanation
    The series of Whitsunday - or the Pentecost Cycle - begins the Saturday before Whitsunday (the feast of Pentecost) and ends with the last Saturday of the Ecclesiastical Year; ie, the last Saturday before Advent.

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  • 6. 

    Why does the Catholic Church use the clour green in its litugical vestments?

    • A.

      Green is used to represent our love of Mother Earth and her significance in our eternal salvation.

    • B.

      Green is the colour of peace, as represented by the modern Church being one with the environment and nature.

    • C.

      Green is the colour of hope in the liturical vestments of the Catholic Church.

    • D.

      Green is not worn at all by Catholic priests in the iturgical vestments.

    • E.

      A and B

    Correct Answer
    C. Green is the colour of hope in the liturical vestments of the Catholic Church.
    Explanation
    Green is the clour of hope, worn on the Sundays between Whitsuntide and Advent (Ordinary Time in the New Calendar), and from the Epiphany to Septuagesima (the ninth Sunday before Easter)

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