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Protestant Churches like Catholic Church?

Discussion in 'Protestantism DIR' started by KeithCristian, Dec 16, 2010.

  1. KeithCristian

    KeithCristian Member

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    I'm looking for a new church. Was LDS. I'm in RCIA and been goign to the Catholic church and I love the Mass. I went to a Methodist church for the first time and the people were generally nice.

    I wish I could find a church that mixed the Catholic Mass with Protestantism. Is there such a church?

    I'm afraid I will have to make a decision some time in 2011. Right now I'm leaning towards getting baptized in the Catholic church. But when I go to the Catholic church I go to Mass and when it's over I leave. At the Methodist church I talked with some very friendly people. It was nice meeting them.

    I have half the mind to join the Methodist church and also join the Catholic church and go to both. Plus attend the Unitarian Universalists because they
    are all nice too.

    Personally, I love the Mass but I don't believe one must confess their sins to anybody but God. It's ok of you do but I don't believe it's mandatory. Also I don't believe baptism is mandatory. Never have and never will. I will admit though that admitting my sins is something I'm sort of looking forward to doing. It would be nice to get them off my shoulder.

    But then there is that Mass which I love.

    I'll have to think about all this and pray about it.
     
  2. Reverend Rick

    Reverend Rick Frubal Whore
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    Have you ever gone to a Lutheran Church service?
     
  3. KeithCristian

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    Do they have Mass like the Catholic church?
     
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    Tarheeler Argumentative Curmudgeon
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  6. Kathryn

    Kathryn Most Spoiled Woman Ever

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    I attend a Methodist Church and though we only have communion once a month, it follows EXACTLY the order and wording of the Roman Catholic Mass.

    Methodist churches differ, but most large-ish (and a bit more "high church") United Methodist churches follow both the order of the Mass for communion, and also the liturgical year when it comes to vestments, Holy Week, Lent, Advent, etc.

    As a former Catholic, that's one of the great things I love about the Methodist church in general. The last two Methodist churches I have been a member of were as I described, but I have attended smaller, less formal Methodist churches that didn't do this, so you may have to visit several.

    Communion is generally the first Sunday of each month, so that may be the time you should visit.

    Oh, we also recite the Apostle's Creed each week.

    Good luck!
     
  7. Gaura Priya

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    How about a High Anglican Mass?

    All the glitter, half the guilt! :D
     
  8. Terrywoodenpic

    Terrywoodenpic Oldest Heretic

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    All Anglican churches (Episcopalians) have the Eucharist (mass) as the main service.

    You would find the service hard to tell apart from the Catholic mass.

    Like the Catholics you must be baptised in the Trinity to take the host.
     
  9. KeithCristian

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    I've only been baptized in the LDS church. I went to an Episcopalian church once but talked with the Priest a few days before. I asked if I could take the host but he said he would prefer I not. He also told me to go visit the Catholic church. lol. I was a little depressed when I talked to him, being sad over the LDS church and other things. I was looking for good words. I did visit the Episcopalian church on a Sunday. I've never been to a Catholic service before but after the Episcopalian service I left thinking I just watched a Catholic service. lol.
     
  10. TJ73

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    The Lutheran and Reformed Church of America are very similar. I always had great experiences in the reformed Church, there were a lot of "stand in's"(people that didn't really believe but thought church was a good idea) but a lot of kind, loving, believers in the majority. I have worshiped in many different denom's but My best experience was the Reformed church. I prefer a Mosque now, but I remember those times fondly.
     
  11. Terrywoodenpic

    Terrywoodenpic Oldest Heretic

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    A majority of Protestant churches, Orthodox and Catholic are Trinitarian. and recognise each others Baptism. The LDS, Unitarian and a few others do not accept the Trinitarian creeds.

    Any Anglican (Episcopalian) priest will be pleased to baptise any one who sincerely believes and wishes to be baptised. They will most likely offer some instruction for you first.

    After all You expect instruction in how to drive a car, how more so in matters of faith.
     
  12. JudeThom

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    Almost any Novus Ordo Catholic Mass today is basically a mix
    of Catholic and Protestant liturgical elements. The exception
    to the rule would be the Traditional Latin Mass, where there are
    no altar girls, lay ministers, communion in hand, semi-secular
    hymns like "On Eagles Wings," and plain looking vestments
    that have no history in traditional Catholic "iconography."
    Unfortunately, the Novus Ordo Mass is in fact almost a
    Xerox copy of "high" Protestant services so that one cannot
    tell which is which. And the design of many modern
    Catholic churches is also very Protestant with just a table,
    a small cross and perhaps an ioslated statue or two. Very
    sad, but this should work for you.

    For real tradition, go to the Orthodox Church!
     
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    Maybe Anglican or Episcopal?
     
  14. MarchDaffodils

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    I second this emotion...

    In all seriousness I think your 2 best options are either a Catholic church that is more involved as a community - ie everyone doesn't leave at the end - my church is like this.

    But if you go with protestant, definitely do Episcopalean/Anglican High Mass (High Mass, that is the important part if you want the closest to RC Mass there is.
     
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