Taste and See: Sent with a purpose

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It is often said that the ‘purpose’ of the Mass is its dismissal: the sending of Christians, nourished and encouraged by Word and Communion, to continue their mission to the world. As we have gathered to meet with Christ so we, who are his Body on earth, are sent out to share his Good News with others who also need it.

The final words of the Mass come in a variety of forms:

The Dismissal
Priest:   The Lord be with you.
People: And with your spirit.
Priest:   May almighty God bless you,
             the Father, and the Son, + and the Holy Spirit.
People: Amen.
Then the deacon, or the Priest himself, with hands joined and facing the people, says:
Go forth, the Mass is ended.
Or:
Go and announce the Gospel of the Lord.
Or:
Go in peace, glorifying the Lord by your life.
Or:
Go in peace.

  • Which was used at the Mass you attended Sunday?
  • How have you tried to fulfil your mission in these past days?

Today, at Westminster Cathedral, a new auxiliary bishop is ordained for the Diocese – Bishop Nicholas Hudson. Please pray for him as he prepares to take up his new mission in the Church.

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