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Q. 1. What does the word "Amen" mean? It is found during the Mass, at the end of prayers, in Catholic literature, etc...

A. 1. The word "amen" means "so be it" or "truly." In Hebrew, they say "emen." In Greek, it is "amin." The word "amen" is a declaration of affirmation found in the Hebrew Bible and in the New Testament. Its use in Judaism dates back to its earliest texts. When used at the end of a prayer, "amen" expresses assent to and acceptance of God's will. "Amen" is also referred to as "the great Amen." Such is the acclamation by the people expressing their agreement with all that has been said and done in the Eucharistic prayer.

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