I’ve heard that the word “Christmas” is related to the word “Mass.” Is that true or just a coincidence?
December 20, 2020, 12:00 PM
It is true. The word Christmas comes from the Old English phrase “Cristes maesse” – in modern English, “Christ’s mass.” The earliest manuscript we know of that uses this phrase to describe the day of Christ’s birth dates back to the year 1038. If you want to hang on to the real meaning of Christmas, you need to keep Christ in Christmas. And if you want to keep Christ in Christmas, you need to keep the Mass in Christmas, too.