“Ite, missa est!” (Go; the dismissal is made!)

December, 2018

“Christmas” is a shortened form of “Christ’s mass”. It is derived from the Middle English Cristemasse.  Crīst (genitive Crīstes) is from Greek Khrīstos (Χριστός) Christ, and mæsse is from Latin missa, a term used to describe the main eucharistic liturgical service in many forms of Western Christianity. However there is a possible version of the term missa that  derives from the Greek word ‘miisis (μύησις) initiation. The Latin term missa itself is most likely derived from the imperative phrase: ‘’Ite, missa est (Go; the dismissal is made), which reflects an act of unleashing. However, over the years, it gradually took on a deeper meaning and the word “dismissal” has come to imply a mission and missions are directed and oriented by the human mind. Therefore, Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind. Christmas, is a mission in action, a commitment to a special personal purpose. Every time we love, every time we give, every time we achieve a milestone after a hard effort, every time we find ourselves in pain but yet we find the courage to move on, every time we make a pause and reflect on the important things around us, every time we look back on our lives and prepare for our lives ahead with more optimism, discipline and determination; every each of these times is Christmas.

Christmas waves a magic wand over the world; Let it wave unceasingly, not seasonally.

     Ite, missa est! The dismissal is made; Go and