Mas

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In the Armenian Church, at the end of the Divine Liturgy the "Mas" or holy bread is distributed among the congregation. "Mas" is an Armenian word and has nothing to do with the English word (Holy Mass). Our "Mas" means share or portion. When you take your "Mas" you kiss it and eat it. It is custom to take some home to those members of the family who were desirous to come to church, but were unable to do so.

Taking "Mas" does not mean Communion. It is the survival of a fellowship meal called "Agape" in Greek which early Christians used to have as a part of the Holy Eucharist. It is only a sign of Christian charity and spiritual kinship.