|Statement||by Alexander MacDonald.|
|The Physical Object|
|Number of Pages||48|
The controversy over whether the Holy Mass is a true and proper sacrifice was—and is—among the most hotly debated questions dividing Catholics and Protestants. Bellarmine’s almost ubelievable erudition is on full display as he thoroughly proves the Catholic doctrine by marshalling arguments from Scripture, the Fathers of the Church, and /5(15). The Mass, then, is a visible sacrifice, which the Council of Trent says that our human nature requires, because Christ's death is shown forth by the separate consecration of his body and blood. This is also the explanation which St Thomas Aquinas gives of the sacrifice of the Mass in the Summa Theologiae. To understand the sacrifice of the Mass, it is essential that one understand the biblical picture of a sacrifice: It is always a gift; it is not always a killing. This is why Scripture can speak of a sacrifice of praise (Hos. ) and the sacrifice of thanksgiving (Ps. ).Author: Jason Evert. The quote in question probably comes from chapter 9 of the Letter to the Hebrews which addresses the sacrifice of Jesus. Verses read, "Not that [Christ] might offer Himself there again and again, as the high priest enters year after year into the sanctuary with blood that is not his own; if that were so He would have had to suffer death over and over from the creation of the world.
Above All Else, the Mass is a Sacrifice “It is Christ himself, the eternal high priest of the New Covenant who, acting through the ministry of the priests, offers the Eucharistic sacrifice. The Mass is therefore a real sacrifice, but understood in this new sense. Christ is not offered over and over again. That is not the teaching of the church. Instead his once for all sacrifice is made present and real through the sacrifice of the Mass. This is also why the other important term for the Mass . "As sacrifice, the Eucharist is also offered in reparation for the sins of the living and the dead," (CCC, ). It is to be considered a true and proper sacrifice "The Church intends the Mass to be regarded as a 'true and proper sacrifice,'" (The Catholic Encyclopedia, topic: "Sacrifice of the Mass"). Is the Mass a re-sacrifice of Christ? Why is the Mass the same sacrifice as the sacrifice of the cross? The Mass is the same sacrifice as the sacrifice of the cross because in the Mass the victim is the same, and the principal priest is the same, Jesus Christ. (a) Christ, though invisible, is the principal minister, offering Himself in the Mass.
The Mass a True Sacrifice. Since the first century of her existence, the Church has considered the Mass a sacrifice. The earliest manual of the liturgy (before 90 A.D.) has this directive for the attendance of Sunday Mass. "On the Lord's own day, assemble in common to break bread and offer thanks. Rev. Father Martin von Cochem, of the Capuchin Order, wrote many erudite and edifying spiritual treatises. None of these, however, is equal in learning and in practical usefulness to his Explanation of the The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, which is compiled from the teaching of the holy Catholic Church, of the early fathers, of contemporary theologians and spiritual writers. This book had a big impact on my life and how to view the mass in a proper way. The book goes into details about the mass, priest vestments, church, how to offer the mass in the right way, when to pray during mass, the fruits and graces obtained from the mass and the infinite value the mass holds. The mass is indeed incredible and so is this s: “Now, the sacrifice is unsurpassable. Now, it’s a re-presentation of that sacrifice.”. As he says these words about the “climactic moment” of the Mass, he gestures to the crucified Christ behind him: the definitive sacrifice; the Lamb of God; the high priest who entered once for all into the sanctuary—not with the blood of goats and calves but with his own blood— to obtain.