SIX VOLUMES IN ONE
BY THE DISTINGUISHED EXPONENTS OF CATHOLICISM
REV. HENRY DODRIDGE, D. D.
REV. HENRY EDWARD MANNING, D. D.
REV. F. LEWIS, of Granada
REV. STEPHEN KEENAN
REV. BERNARD VAUGHAN, S. J.
REV. THOMAS N. BURKE, O. P.
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Q. Which are the ceremonies of holy orders, and their meaning?
A. Anointing is made use of, to signify the grace that is given, as also power; hands are imposed to represent the giving of the Holy Ghost; and certain instruments are delivered, to distinguish the nature of the function.
Q. Which are the ceremonies of marriage, and their signification?
A. The ring signifies perpetual love, and it is put on the fourth finger, because it is said a vein goes from thence to the heart: money is given to signify the communication of worldly goods, and that there be no strife about them: the married couple join hands, to signify the indissolubility of marriage: they are blessed by the priest, in order to receive the grace belonging to the state, viz.: For the education of their children, and to bear with difficulties, etc.
Q. What is the meaning of the churching of women after childbearing? Is it that you look upon them to be under any uncleanness, as formerly in the old law, or to be any ways out of the Church by childbearing?
A. No; by no means: but what we call the churching of women is nothing else, but their coming to the Church to give thanks to God for their safe delivery, and to receive the blessing of the priest upon that occasion.