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HISTORY of Christian Theology

Comes from the Latin word “missa” that literally means dismissed and refers to the practice in the 6th century of dismissing those in attendance during the Roman Catholic liturgy who were not going to partake of the Eucharist prior to that part of the service. Over time, this term was used to refer to the church service where the Eucharist was offered. During the Middle Ages this service converted from a simple communal meal to an elaborate ritual that was deemed an actual renewed sacrifice of Christ generating merits to lessen the time of souls in purgatory. This doctrine was rejected by Protestants.

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