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Religious Customs

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Author(s): Heinrich Schauerte
1. A custom is an action influenced by community tradition, which is usually repeated in the same form on similar occasions. It is called religious custom when it has a religious content, and comprises the communal expression of religious life outside the official liturgy of the Church. It shows how the objective salvific event penetrates the subjective experience of the people, in different ways in each age, nation and district. Those with mystical religious leanings produce subjective piety. T…