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Tom Reilly wrote:

Hi, guys —

  • When was the Mass in its structure today formulated and when did the Eucharist become the central prayer and worship rite of Christians?

Tom

  { When was the Mass codified and when did the Eucharistic become the main prayer of worship? }

Mike replied:

Hi Tom,

Thanks for the question.

The Mass in its basic structure has been this way since Jesus ascended into Heaven and has
been the central prayer and worship for all Christians. As you may know, there are two parts: the Liturgy of the Word and the Liturgy of the Eucharist. The Word reminds us of Our Blessed Lord's Teachings and the Eucharist gives us the spiritual strength to fulfill our calling while warding off that bastard, Satan.

With time, make-shift altars, used in various places, were ultimately moved to Catholic Churches where the Mass was celebrated. I believe the very first Masses were held in synagogues, which corresponds to Judaism which was a sacrificial faith like ours.

Check out my new web site,BibleBeltCatholics.comand see what the first Christians said:

Click the time line links ( << >> ) at the top of each page to go from patristic period to patristic period to Today!

Mike

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