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Mass, Music for the
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1. Origins

“Mass” is one of the Western names for the central worship service of the church. Rooted in the Latin words of dismissal—Ite, missa est (lit. “Go, it is the dismissal” or “Go, you are dismissed”)—the Mass highlights the sending of the people into the world to be the body and blood of Christ, whom they receive in Word and at table.


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Westermeyer, Paul, “Mass, Music for the”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 02 December 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_M268>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512

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