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10 Things you should know about the Catholic Mass


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Philip Kosloski - published on 02/23/21

Here is a brief rundown of 10 important things to know about the Mass.

Catholics do a lot of things at Mass that may seem strange or confusing to both non-Catholics and Catholics alike.

Here are 10 common practices that are featured in the Catholic Mass and what they symbolize.

  1. Why do priests wear a chasuble at Mass? And what’s a chasuble?
  2. Why are bells sometimes used during Mass?
  3. Why do Catholics call their main church services “Mass”?
  4. Why is receiving the host at Mass called “communion”?
  5. Why is the Gospel led by candles and incense at Mass?
  6. The spiritual reason chalices are made from precious metal
  7. Flowers have an important role at Mass
  8. This is why the priest kisses the altar at Mass
  9. The spiritual symbolism of stone altars
  10. The history of incense and why it’s used at Mass


Read more:
The many names for Mass and what they mean


Read more:
Why is receiving the host at Mass called “communion”?

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