First Mass

The term refers to the first occasion a Eucharistic celebration (a Mass) takes place. There are two natural contexts to its use:

  • Historical, which would be the first occasion where a Mass is celebrated in a particular place, such as the First Mass in the Philippines.
  • Personal, this term is used for the first occasion at which a newly ordained Catholic priest presides at a Mass. While clearly a special moment in that man's life, particular blessings take place on this occasion.