Mass in the Catholic Church

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  • Explains the four actions in Mass: taking, blessing, breaking and sharing in detail
  • Importance of the Eucharist
  • Artefacts used in Mass
  • People involved in Mass

Is particularly relevant in unit 573  GCSE OCR Roman Catholic 2.

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The Eucharist

The name `Eucharist' comes from the Greek word meaning `thanksgiving'. It refers to the celebration
of the Mass and the body and blood of Christ in particular. At the Last Supper, Jesus broke the bread
and gave it to his disciples to eat in memory of him.…

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Artefacts of the Mass

There are a number of special objects used at a Mass:

Candles ­ to symbolise that Jesus is the light of the world and to show God's presence in the
Chalice ­ the cup which holds the wine
Ciborium ­ the special vessel which holds…


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