Different Liturgy Customs around the world


#1

I have a Parish dinner on May 5th.
My assignment is to create a Quiz about different Liturgy Customs compared to the USA.
EG In Hong Kong the "Sign of Peace is a head bow, not a hand shake.
In Rwanda, they Stand and Clap during the Consecration.
In Croatia they Celebrate Palm Sunday with Olive Branches, not palms.

I can use up to 17 more for the Dinner quiz. Please Help if possible.

Thanks,

Allen


#2

In the Eastern European countries, they use pussywillow branches instead of palms on Palm Sunday (they don’t exactly have an abundance of palm trees in Siberia). I don’t know if that’s too close to what you already have for Croatia, though.


#3

I was in Malaysia recently and their sign of peace is a Thai-style wai – bow with palms pressed together just above chest level.


#4

There was a pretty recent thread on vestment colors: in Japan, for funerals, the color is white.

In Germany, ashes are sprinkled on the head, not “smudged.”


#5

In Poland and other former Eastern bloc countries, it is customary for penitents to kiss the end of the priests’ stole after confession.


#6

Are you confined to the Latin Catholic Church or can you choose from any of the sui iuris Eastern Catholic Churches?


#7

Australia: I rarely shake hands just say “peace be with you” but it differs between parishes and people.
Some people used Eucalyptus (Gum tree ) on Palm Sunday here.


#8

Not really, I only ever encountered the tracing of a cross on the forehead. And I’ve lived in quite different parts and dioceses in Germany.

But I do have a difference: no formal act of contrition is said after confessing your sins. You can if you want to but it’s just not expected.


#9

Thank you all for helping with my Liturgy Quiz - Various Customs.
I’m now ready to test my fellow parishioners.
That was very nice of you.

Allen


#10

I am a day late and a dollar short I’m responding, but I wanted to mention you’re totally on point! My bad; I was misinformed / misremembering this picture: news.va/en/news/pope-homily-at-santa-sabina
discussed here on CAF ages ago.

I must have associated the ashes with the the PE’s native Germany.


#11

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