my vision of the world.

The Catholic Mass

This post is directed to Catholics, proselytism is not a goal here. I just want to make us Catholics more aware of the richness of our faith, I wanted to make us see that the form we celebrate of our mass comes from the beginnings of the Church.

Another aspect I think is important to emphasize is the names we call for instance “say” or “hear” the mass, I think (and some fathers agree with me, actually I agree with them) is better to “celebrate” the mass or to “participate” on a mass. This makes us more active and shows more of the spirit of the Eucharist (giving thanks is more active than just saying or hearing).

On the day we call the day of the sun, all who dwell in the city or country gather inthe same place. The memoirs of the apostles and the writings of the prophets are read,as much as time permits. When the reader has finished, he who presides over thosegathered admonishes and challenges them to imitate those beautiful things.Then we all rise together and offer prayers for ourselves… and for all others,wherever they may be… Then someone brings bread and a cup of water and wine mixedtogether to him who presides over the brethren. He takes them and offers praise andglory to the Father of the universe, through the name of the Son and of the Holy Spirit…When he has concluded the prayers and thanksgivings, all present give voice toan acclamation by saying: Amen. When he who presides has given thanks and thepeople have responded, those whom we call deacons give to those present theeucharisted bread, wine and water and take them to those who are absent.

St Justin Martyr’s Letter to the PaganEmperor Antoninus Pius (c. AD 155)

 

 

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