- 6th December 2019
- 7:30 am
- Church of Mary, Mother of God 192 Nags Head Road, Ponders End, Enfield, Middx, EN3 7AR, United Kingdom
- 020 8804 2149
The Mass or Eucharistic Celebration is the central liturgical ritual in the Catholic Church where the Eucharist (Communion) is consecrated. The church describes the Mass as “the source and summit of the Christian life”. The church teaches that through consecration by a priest the sacrificial bread and wine become the body and blood of Christ. The Catholic Church practises closed communion, with only baptised members in a state of grace ordinarily permitted to receive the Eucharist.
Many of the Catholic Church’s other sacraments are celebrated in the framework of the Eucharist. The term “Mass” is generally used within the Latin Church’s celebrations of the Eucharist, while the Eastern Orthodox Church, Oriental Orthodox Church, and the various Eastern Catholic Churches use terms such as “Divine Liturgy”, “Holy Qurbana”, and “Badarak”, in accordance with each one’s tradition.
The term “Mass” is derived from the concluding words of the Roman Rite Mass in Latin: “Ite, missa est” (“Go; it is the dismissal”). The Late Latin word missa substantively corresponds to the classical Latin word missio. In antiquity, missa simply meant “dismissal”. In Christian usage, however, it gradually took on a deeper meaning. The word “dismissal” has come to imply a mission.