A-Z: General definitions: Mass


The chief service of the Roman Catholic Church, incorporating praise, intercession and readings from scripture (also called the Eucharist, Holy Communion or Lord's Supper). The central action is the consecration of the bread and wine by the priest, recalling the words and actions of Christ at the Last Supper and commemorating the sacrifice which he offered for the sins of mankind on the Cross. In Roman Catholic teaching, the bread (known as the host) and the wine used actually become the body and blood of Jesus at a certain moment in the ritual see Real Presence.

Related Topics

Big ideas: Last Supper, communion, eucharist, mass

Scan and go

Scan on your mobile for direct link.