ite missa est
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One of the oldest formulae of the Roman Rite, recorded in Ordo I (6th or 7th century).
- Ecclesiastical Latin missa "mass"
- ^ "When the prayer [Post-Communion] is over, that one of the deacons appointed by the archdeacon looks towards the pontiff to receive a sign from him and then says to the people: Ite missa est. They answer: Deo gratias" (Ordo I, ed. Atchley, London, 1905, p. 144).
- Fortescue, A. (1910), Ite Missa Est, The Catholic Encyclopedia, New York: Robert Appleton Company.