I was recently discussing the structure of the Mass with a friend and referred to the portion instituted by Christ at the Last Supper as a *Ceremonial *(having had its genesis partly in the practices of the Passover Ceremony and partly in Christ’s fulfillment thereof). She wondered aloud whether that was the correct terminology; she thought it should be referred to as just *ceremony *or ritual. I am unsure; all three terms seem to be more or less correct, but now I’m wondering about the usage of the term *ceremonial *and how it ought to be used.
I looked up *ceremonial *in several different Catholic Dictionaries and the only entries I found referred to the book in which the ceremonies of the church are contained…but then when I read the entry, it also refers to some of the ceremonies themselves as ceremonials. (???) In Merriam-Webster, there is a second definition of ceremonial that is a noun instead of an adjective, denoting a “special ceremony.”
Does the term ceremonial have the proper implication as I used it? What word would you use to refer to the portion of the Mass where the consecration takes place? (Aside from just Consecration; I’m referring to not what happens, but the liturgical genesis of that portion of the Mass…)
(Sorry if this is the wrong forum…does this belong here, or in ask an apologist?)