Mass

   The old name for the Sacrament of the Holy Communion, being a corruption of the Latin, Ite, Missa est, meaning "the people are now dismissed." "This name was retained in the Prayer Book of 1549, the title of the Office being 'The Supper of the Lord, and the Holy Communion, commonly called the Mass.'" In the Prayer Book of 1552 the word "Mass" was dropped and has not since appeared in the Prayer Book, and in consequence has become generally disused. The term, however, is still retained in popular usage as in the words Christmas, Michaelmas, etc. The Swedish and also the German Reformers retained the name "Mass" for the principal service of the Church, whether it did or did not include a Celebration of the Holy Communion.

American Church Dictionary and Cyclopedia. — New York, Thomas Whittaker. . 1901.

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  • Mass — Mass, n. [OE. masse, F. masse, L. massa; akin to Gr. ? a barley cake, fr. ? to knead. Cf. {Macerate}.] [1913 Webster] 1. A quantity of matter cohering together so as to make one body, or an aggregation of particles or things which collectively… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Mass — (m[.a]s), n. [OE. masse, messe, AS. m[ae]sse. LL. missa, from L. mittere, missum, to send, dismiss: cf. F. messe. In the ancient churches, the public services at which the catechumens were permitted to be present were called missa catechumenorum …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Mass — ist: ein Theaterstück von Leonard Bernstein, siehe Mass (Theater) eine Messkomposition von Steve Dobrogosz, siehe Mass (Dobrogosz) die in Bayern übliche Kurzbezeichnung mit kurzem a für einen Masskrug Mass ist der Familienname folgender Personen …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Mass — Mass, v. t. To form or collect into a mass; to form into a collective body; to bring together into masses; to assemble. [1913 Webster] But mass them together and they are terrible indeed. Coleridge. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Mass — Mass, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Massed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Massing}.] To celebrate Mass. [Obs.] Hooker. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Mass. — Mass. сокращение, используемое в литературе для обозначения авторства названия ботанического таксона. Оно может использоваться для следующих учёных: А. Б. Массалонго (1824 1860; общепринрятое сокращение A.Massal.); К. Б. Массалонго (1852 1928;… …   Википедия

  • Mass — This article is about the scientific concept. For the substance of which all physical objects consist, see Matter. For other uses, see Mass (disambiguation). Classical mechanics …   Wikipedia

  • mass — I. noun Etymology: Middle English, from Old English mæsse, modification of Vulgar Latin *messa, literally, dismissal at the end of a religious service, from Late Latin missa, from Latin, feminine of missus, past participle of mittere to send Date …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Mass No. 3 — Among the mass settings known as Mass No. 3 are: Bruckner s Mass No. 3 in F minor, WAB 28 Haydn s Mass No. 3 in C major, Cäcilienmesse, H. XXII:5 Haydn s Missa in Angustiis, Novello 3 Mozart s Mass No. 3 in C major, Dominicus, K. 66 This… …   Wikipedia

  • mass — 1. The concentration of combat power. 2. The military formation in which units are spaced at less than the normal distances and intervals …   Military dictionary

  • Mass — abbreviation Massachusetts …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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