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Why do Catholics recite the phrase "Thanks be to God" during Mass?

They say this many times too. After the priest speaks, the congregation follows in unison, "Thanks be to God."

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Episcopalians do the same, FYI –  Affable Geek Oct 1 '13 at 1:08
    
Methodists too but its usually in response to a bible reading. The reader says "The Word of God for the people of God" and the congregation responds "Thanks be to God" –  crownjewel82 Oct 1 '13 at 11:58

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It is the English translation of Deo Gratias, which is repeated “in thanksgiving for the graces received at Mass” (Catholic Encyclopedia).

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"Thanks be to God" is the congregational response given after a reading from the Bible in the Catholic mass. Christians give thanks to God for revealing Himself to us through His Word.

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