On the 6th of June the Government celebrated three years of being in office. The celebration included a church service at the church in Odsan. Later, a television news station reported that a Mass was held.
For the purpose of clarification/ education if you like, a Mass was not celebrated.
For a Mass to be celebrated there are several components, the two most important ones being the proclamation of the Word from the bible, and the offering up of a sacrifice by a properly anointed / ordained priest. The priest through the power of the Holy Spirit / God changes the bread and wine into the body and blood of Jesus Christ and this is offered to God in thanksgiving and atonement for our sins. This offering of sacrifice is what Jesus did on the cross. This Mass takes place normally in Catholic Churches.
Most of the Christian 30,000 to 40,000 denominations are good at sharing the “Word” from the bible but have no authentic sacrifice to offer since their priests do not have the anointing that has come down from Jesus Christ. Hence they are unable to offer a legitimate sacrifice, hence there is no Mass. One consequence of this is that most of these religions remain aloof from signing themselves in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. There is a denial of the fundamental act of sacrifice and salvation that the cross represents.
So back to Odsan. Yes, there was a prayer service and that was good, but it was not a Mass. Neither was it old mass that we take part in at carnival, which is just around the corner. On the other hand, seeing the Prime Minister up front in the celebration and he being not a little man, one could report he was a man of great mass. So the word could have been used in different ways, but the one chosen by the news reporter was incorrect.
– Geoffrey Devaux