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Christian Practices

Christian practices vary by denomination, but common elements include a Sunday worship service, private and corporate prayer, study and reading of the Scriptures, and participation in rites such as baptism and communion (known as sacraments).

Christian worship services generally include singing, prayer and a sermon. Most churches have a special ritual for ordination, or designating a person fit for a leadership position in the church. At home, most practicing Christians pray regularly and many read the Bible.

Many Christians will have been baptized, either as an infant or as an adult, and regularly participate in communion (also called the Lord's Supper and the Eucharist). Baptism and communion are considered sacraments - sacred rituals instituted by Christ himself. The Catholic Church recognizes five additional sacraments, as well as many other distinctive practices that are known as "sacramentals" or "devotions" and include praying the rosary and going on pilgrimages.

Distinctive Catholic practices include recognition of seven total sacraments, Sunday mass, devotion to the Virgin Mary and the saints, and veneration of relics and places associated with holy figures. Eastern Orthodoxy holds many practices in common with Catholicism, but is especially distinguished by the central role of icons: ornate images of Christ and the saints believed to provide a connection to the spiritual world.

  • Bible study

    ## What is Bible Study? Followers of the Christian religion have been studying the Bible for millenniums. At it's most basic level, studying the Bible involves reading it (or hearing it), understanding what God is saying through the writer of the text, and considering how it applies to life today... full article →
  • Christian Fasting

    Practiced in many religions, including Christianity, fasting is an act which is most accurately defined as an abstention from meat, drink and all natural food for a determined period... full article →
  • Christian Monasticism

    Monasticism was unknown in Christianity until the end of the third century. Most of the early Christians continued to own private property after their conversion, and marriage was not condemned... full article →
  • Christian Prayer

    In the Christian religion, prayer is the act of communicating with God. Prayer can take on different forms such as verbal, written, or silent communication... full article →
  • Christian Vestments

    ## What are vestments? Roman Catholic clerical vestments and adornments are almost entirely of ancient secular origin. The Church before the age of Constantine knew no distinction between secular and religious dress, although drawings in the catacombs show that the latter was dignified and rich... full article →
  • Christian baptism

    Baptism is one of the two most important sacraments in Christianity. At its most basic, it involves application of or immersion in water, a blessing, and the pronouncement, "I baptize you in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit... full article →
  • Confirmation

    ## What is Confirmation? In Christianity, confirmation is either considered a sacrament or rite - depending on the beliefs - of the practitioners, ceremonially performed in a church, which signifies the faith and commitment of a person, who desires to publicize their convictions to their family, friends, and church, such as one being undergoing baptism or one coming of age (e... full article →
  • Eucharist (Communion)

    The Eucharist, also known as Communion or Lord’s Supper, is a sacrament (so-called by Roman Catholicism) or ordinance (so-called by Protestantism) carried out in Christian churches as an act of obedience to the instructions of Jesus Christ about commemorating his death on the cross given the night before he died... full article →
  • Neo-Pentecostalism

    Neo-Pentecostalism is a movement that has crossed denominational boundaries and can be found in Protestantism and Roman Catholicism alike. The movement is characterized by the manifestations in non-Pentecostal churches of what have been traditionally categorized as Pentecostal experiences... full article →
  • Tithing in Christianity

    ## What is Tithing? The word "tithe" literally means "to give a tenth part," such as regarding produce or land, although in modern vernacular it often refer to one's financial offering given for religious reasons, like in the Christian religion... full article →
  • catechism

    A catechism is a class or manual on the basics of Christian doctrine and practice, usually as a precursor to confirmation or baptism. Catechisms normally include lessons on the creeds, the Lord's Prayer and the Ten Commandments, as well as the Hail Mary in Roman Catholicism. full article →