What is Christmas?
One dictionary defines it as “a holiday on December 25 celebrating the birth of Christ.” This is the definition that many people know today. Many think that Jesus was born on December 25. As one Christmas song indicates, “Mary’s boy child Jesus Christ, was born on Christmas Day.”
Actually the word “Christmas” is a combination of two words—Christ and mass. Thus, literally it means the mass of Christ. Christmas was originally a celebration of a particular mass in honor of the birth of Christ. The word mass comes from the Latin word missa. Several years ago at the conclusion of the church service of the Roman Catholics, the following Latin expression would be pronounced: ite missa ist which means “Go, as it is dismissed,” or “Go, it is the dismissal.” So, literally, missa (or mass in English) means…
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