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The Elements of the Catholic Mass
The Liturgical Movement
In essence, the liturgical movement is the effort on the part of the Church to help the faithful participate better at Mass. This meant, initially, that the people would participate in the singing and in giving the responses. Over the course of time, the Church realized that it is important that the people be able to enter deeply into the mystery by understanding what's going on during Mass.
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We might consider that the words of the dismissal are the three (Ite, missa est) most forgotten words of the entire Mass. The Latin word, "Ite" is the imperative of "go". This is an emphatic, insistent Go! "Ite, missa est" literally means "Go, it is sent."