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What is the exact meaning of the word "Mass"

I should know this but I don't. Why do Catholics say they are going to "Mass"? why not Church?

no bashing of the Catholic dictionary, a simple answer will do

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Asked by Anonymous at 2:39 PM on Jan. 27, 2010 in Religion & Beliefs

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  • Church is the building or the community/congregation. Mass is when the Eucharist is blessed and we celebrate sharing in the body and blood of Jesus (what we call Communion). We have prayer services sometimes that do not include Communion, and they are not called Mass.

    Answer by Anonymous at 2:44 PM on Jan. 27, 2010

  • The word "Mass" comes from the Latin word missa which means dismissal based on the end of the Mass "Go forth (missa est) to love and serve the Lord".

    FYI - Mass is the general name of the service in the Latin Rite. Some Eastern Rite Catholics use the term "Divine Liturgy" instead of "Mass"

    Answer by eringobrough at 3:01 PM on Jan. 27, 2010

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