Why is the Catholic liturgy called the Mass?

It has been about one year since I came into the Church. I have studied and learned a lot of wonderful things to bring me home into the fullness of the faith. I have not come upon the reason we call our services “Mass.” I know it is not that important but it is something that I am curious about.

The word “Mass” derives from the Latin phrase said during the dismissal (when the Mass is said in Latin), “Ite, missa est,” which is usually translated “Go, it is sent.” In the Eastern Catholic churches, as in the Eastern Orthodox churches, the service ordinarily is called the divine liturgy.

Recommended reading:

Mass Appeal by Jimmy Akin
The How-To Book of the Mass by Michael Dubruiel

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