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The word '''Mass''' is the general designation in western Christianity, particularly in the Roman Catholic Church, for the Holy Eucharistic or Eucharistic Sacrifice, the equivalent of the phrase '''[[Divine Liturgy]]''' used by Orthodox Christians.
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The word '''''Mass''''' is the general designation in western Christianity, particularly in the [[Roman Catholic Church]], for the Holy Eucharist or Eucharistic Sacrifice, the equivalent of the phrase '''[[Divine Liturgy]]''' used by Orthodox Christians.
  
The term Mass is derived from the late-Latin word ''missa'' (dismissal), a word used in the concluding formula of Mass in Latin: ''te, missa est'' ("Go; it is the dismissal"), and came into use in the [[Church of Rome]] in the fourth century. The form in English progressed from ''maesse'' before William the Conquerer’s conquest of England to ''messe'' or ''masse'' in Middle English.
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The term "Mass" is derived from ''missa'', a late Latin form of ''missio'', itself a form of ''mittere'' ("to send"). The word occurs in the ordinary dismissal of the Latin Mass: ''Ite; missa est'' ("Go; you are sent forth"), and came into use in the [[Church of Rome]] in the fourth century. The form in English progressed from ''maesse'' before William the Conquerer's conquest of England to ''messe'' or ''masse'' in Middle English.
  
The word Mass is sometime used, incorrectly for the Divine Liturgy, by Orthodox Christians who may have been associated with communities who came from areas in central Europe that was affected by the [[Union of Brest]]-Litovsk.
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The word "Mass" is sometimes incorrectly used to refer to the Divine Liturgy by Orthodox Christians who may have been associated with communities who came from areas in central Europe that was affected by the [[Union of Brest]]-Litovsk.
  
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==See also==
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*[[Western Rite]]
  
 
==Sources==
 
==Sources==
*[http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/09790b.htm Catholic Encyclopedia: Liturgy of the Mass]
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*[http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/09790b.htm ''Catholic Encyclopedia'': Liturgy of the Mass]
*[http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/10006a.htm Catholic Encyclopedia: Sacrifice of the Mass]
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*[http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/10006a.htm ''Catholic Encyclopedia'': Sacrifice of the Mass]
*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mass_%28liturgy%29  Wikipedia: Mass %28liturgy%29]
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*[http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Mass_(liturgy)&oldid=218841938 Wikipedia: Mass (liturgy)]
  
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==External link==
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*[http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/08253a.htm ''Catholic Encyclopedia'': Ite Missa Est]
  
[[Category: Western Rite]]
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[[Category:Western Rite]]
[[Category: Liturgics]]
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[[Category:Liturgics]]

Latest revision as of 11:40, August 12, 2008

The word Mass is the general designation in western Christianity, particularly in the Roman Catholic Church, for the Holy Eucharist or Eucharistic Sacrifice, the equivalent of the phrase Divine Liturgy used by Orthodox Christians.

The term "Mass" is derived from missa, a late Latin form of missio, itself a form of mittere ("to send"). The word occurs in the ordinary dismissal of the Latin Mass: Ite; missa est ("Go; you are sent forth"), and came into use in the Church of Rome in the fourth century. The form in English progressed from maesse before William the Conquerer's conquest of England to messe or masse in Middle English.

The word "Mass" is sometimes incorrectly used to refer to the Divine Liturgy by Orthodox Christians who may have been associated with communities who came from areas in central Europe that was affected by the Union of Brest-Litovsk.

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