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During the Renaissance, church attendance on Sundays was mandatory for Protestants. Services included prayer, singing, Bible reading, and a sermon. Communion occurred only four times a year. Protestants were encouraged to worship at home during the week, so many people read the Bible daily, typically aloud with family members, in the morning and evening session during which they also sang psalms and said prayers. Protestants also had to follow certain rules, which varied by country. In Geneva, John Calvin controlled people of his religion with extreme strictness. Calvinists were forbidden from "dancing, singing, pictures, statues, relics, church bells, organs, altar candles; indecent or irreligious songs, staging or attending theatrical plays; wearing rouge, jewelry, lace, or ‘immodest’ dress…" The punishment for offenses was severe. Punishments ranged from drowning to jail time.
In the late Renaissance, the Catholic Church instituted the private confession, so that people could whisper their sins privately to a priest rather than aloud in a public ceremony. With the innovation of the printing press during the Renaissance, more people had access to books. For the first time, some of these books were intended for the common people. One of the earliest and most widely distributed books was the Bible, printed in common languages for all people to read. Other religious materials, like prayer booklets, were also popular.
Overall, the Bible and religion was the biggest influence on the lives of people during the Renaissance. The Catholic and Protestant Churches ruled almost like government laws rule the country today.
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