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Approaching Mystery 6: Missa

The final part of the Approaching Mystery course: a look at mission in the context of the Dismissal from the Eucharist, including a meditation on the Resurrection.
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Tom Plant

on 20 March 2013

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Transcript of Approaching Mystery 6: Missa

" Ite, MISSA est. " Recap:
Preparation (Confession)
Liturgy of the Word
Liturgy of the Sacrament Blessing and Dis-MISSA-l i.e. "The Mass is ended..." The deacon then says:
"Go in the peace of Christ." Just as the Mass began with the invocation of the Trinity, so it ends with a Trinitarian blessing. Then: Note the etymological link between the words 'Mass' (Missa) and 'Mission.' Arguably, calling the Eucharist 'Mass' reflects an outward-looking theology... ...less an emphasis on personal communion, and more on being sent out into the world to share what we have been given. Prayer 13th-century Serbian icon of the Empty Tomb at Milaseva monastery We're going to go through a meditation on the icon.
Some themes, or recollections to bear in mind:
The emptiness 'before' Creation
The emptiness of the Blessed Virgin's womb
The emptiness of the Lenten wilderness
The emptiness of the Tomb
Clearing a way - 'making straight the path' - for God in our hearts
The outburst of creation from all of these emptinesses Conclusion The Eucharist has traditionally been considered the height of Christian prayer because:
It was commanded by Christ Himself
Through it, the living God fulfils and completes the letter of the Law
It brings us together in loving fellowship
It incorporates penitence, listening to God, humbling ourselves before God, communion, thanksgiving, mission and more...
It is both deeply personal and communal, but also outward-looking to mission in the wider world. What is "mission"?

How does it relate to "evangelism"? What next? How can we develop our prayer life further? Some suggestions:
Spiritual direction
Sacramental Confession
Regular discipline of prayer with Scripture/Icons/silent meditation
Frequent Communion
The Daily Office (Morning/Evening Prayer)
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