What are the rituals of the Roman Catholic Church?
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What are the rituals of the Roman Catholic Church?

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The Roman Catholic Church refers to their rituals and ceremonies as rites, including baptism and first communion. There are various rites that take place during specific times of the day, week and year, as well as rites that occur at various points in a parishioner's lifetime.

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Roman Catholic Church rituals consist of ceremonies that happen routinely or only at specific points in someone's lifetime, such as a first communion or baptism. Many Roman Catholics follow the weekly rites of confession followed by Sunday Mass, which includes Liturgy of the Eucharist. This is the most common ritual that non-Catholics recognize, and it deals directly with taking communion, or the physical symbols of the body and blood of Christ as a homage to the Last Supper.

Another commonly recognized ritual is that of Last Rites. This is performed at the time of death as a prayer by a priest. The prayer asks for the soul of the individual to be forgiven for its sins and for the soul to be allowed into Heaven. This can be done for someone who is awake and aware the rites are being performed, as well as for someone who is in a coma or who has just died.

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