ite missa est

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Etymology[edit]

One of the oldest formulae of the Roman Rite, recorded in Ordo I (6th or 7th century).[1]

The form missa is an adoption of spoken Late Latin for missio "dismissal".

Phrase[edit]

ite missa est

  1. (Ecclesiastical Latin) go, the dismissal is made

Descendants[edit]

  • Ecclesiastical Latin missa "mass"

References[edit]

  1. ^ "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.