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The Eucharist.

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Religious Studies Assignment - The Eucharist Part A The word 'Mass' comes from 'Ist Missa Est', which is the Latin translation. 'Mass' is usually only used by Roman Catholics. Other Christian groups may refer to it as 'The Lords Supper','Holy Communion' or 'Breaking of the Bread'. Mass is about celebration, singing and getting closer to God. It is also about remembering those who have died or are ill. At the start of the Mass, the people have a chance to say sorry to God/Jesus if they have done anything wrong and ask for all their sins to be forgiven. The Gloria is said on Sundays, it is a hymn of praise and may be sung or said. The opening prayer follows which expresses the theme of the Mass. The Mass is divided into two main parts. First it's 'The Liturgy of The Word'. This part is done around the Lectern. It consists of readings not from the Bible itself but from a Lectionary. The Bible readings are arranged so that all four Gospels are read over a three-year cycle. The purposes of the readings are: * The Bible is the word of God to his people. ...read more.

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When the final Blessing is over the priest will finish off the Ceremony by saying 'Go in the Peace of Christ', 'The Mass is ended, go in peace' or by saying ' Go in peace to love and server the Lord. The priest tells the people to always try and follow in the Footsteps of Jesus. To help anyone in need or to take care of anyone who is sick. Also to take to the Community what they have learnt in the Mass about Jesus and God. Part B It is important for a Catholic to regularly attend Mass for many reasons. Catholics should gather together and pray to God as a Christian community. To keep their faith in God and Jesus strong and if they have made any sins they can ask for forgiveness before the Mass and be free of sin. Jesus had said, "When two or three gather in my name, I will be with them". When a Catholic goes to church, they are in the house of God and to attend a Mass in the house of God should be a privilege for all Christians, and it should feel like as if they are with God. ...read more.

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When someone prays you shouldn't pray in a local place where many can see you so you get praise that isn't the meaning of prayer at all. When someone prays it should be between you and your God and no one else. People find it more comfortable praying in private because then they can say whatever they wish to say, if they have a secret wish they wish to share with their Lord they have no worries of anyone finding out. The time spent travelling to church can be used for prayer. People who have a disability, old aged or sick may find it more convenient to stay at home and pray. People can pray wherever they want, in the bath, whilst driving to work or when washing up. Private prayer is more comforting because its like a direct conversation between you and your God and more open as well. Whatever you say will be straight from the heart to God and no one will have to know about what you did. Perhaps it's not where or when you pray and worship God but it is important to do so out of love, commitment and dedication without seeking praise or attention. As long as what you say to God is from your heart, mind and soul it doesn't matter wherever you go to pray. ...read more.

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