The Gospel According to Rome ~ Part 2:7

TRUTH Please first read the Introduction as to why these blog posts are necessary. Back to Part 2 Index.

THE MASS: Error versus Truth

The Catholic Church Teaches (ERROR)

7. The Sacrifice of the Mass is the sacrifice of the cross [RC Catechism 1085, 1365-1367]. Only the manner in which it is offered is different [RC Catechism 1367].

1085 In the liturgy of the Church, it is principally his own Paschal mystery that Christ signifies and makes present. During his earthly life Jesus announced his Paschal mystery by his teaching and anticipated it by his actions. When his Hour comes, he lives out the unique event of history which does not pass away: Jesus dies, is buried, rises from the dead, and is seated at the right hand of the Father "once for all."8 His Paschal mystery is a real event that occurred in our history, but it is unique: all other historical events happen once, and then they pass away, swallowed up in the past. the Paschal mystery of Christ, by contrast, cannot remain only in the past, because by his death he destroyed death, and all that Christ is – all that he did and suffered for all men – participates in the divine eternity, and so transcends all times while being made present in them all. the event of the Cross and Resurrection abides and draws everything toward life.

8 Rom 6:10; Heb 7:27; 9:12; cf. Jn 13:1; 17:1.

1365 Because it is the memorial of Christ’s Passover, the Eucharist is also a sacrifice. the sacrificial character of the Eucharist is manifested in the very words of institution: "This is my body which is given for you" and "This cup which is poured out for you is the New Covenant in my blood."185 In the Eucharist Christ gives us the very body which he gave up for us on the cross, the very blood which he "poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins."186

1366 The Eucharist is thus a sacrifice because it re-presents (makes present) the sacrifice of the cross, because it is its memorial and because it applies its fruit:

[Christ], our Lord and God, was once and for all to offer himself to God the Father by his death on the altar of the cross, to accomplish there an everlasting redemption. But because his priesthood was not to end with his death, at the Last Supper "on the night when he was betrayed," [he wanted] to leave to his beloved spouse the Church a visible sacrifice (as the nature of man demands) by which the bloody sacrifice which he was to accomplish once for all on the cross would be re-presented, its memory perpetuated until the end of the world, and its salutary power be applied to the forgiveness of the sins we daily commit.187

1367 The sacrifice of Christ and the sacrifice of the Eucharist are one single sacrifice: "The victim is one and the same: the same now offers through the ministry of priests, who then offered himself on the cross; only the manner of offering is different." "And since in this divine sacrifice which is celebrated in the Mass, the same Christ who offered himself once in a bloody manner on the altar of the cross is contained and is offered in an unbloody manner… this sacrifice is truly propitiatory."188

185 Lk 22:19-20.
186 Mt 26:28.
187 Council of Trent (1562): DS 1740; cf. 1 Cor 11:23; Heb 7:24,27.
188 Council of Trent (1562): Doctrina de ss. Missae Sacrificio, c. 2: DS 1743; cf. Heb 9:14,27.

The Bible Teaches (TRUTH)

The sacrifice of the cross was a historical event. It occurred once, approximately 2000 years ago, outside Jerusalem (Mark 15:21-41).

21  And they compel one Simon a Cyrenian, who passed by, coming out of the country, the father of Alexander and Rufus, to bear his cross. 
22  And they bring him unto the place Golgotha, which is, being interpreted, The place of a skull. 
23  And they gave him to drink wine mingled with myrrh: but he received it not. 
24  And when they had crucified him, they parted his garments, casting lots upon them, what every man should take. 
25  And it was the third hour, and they crucified him. 
26  And the superscription of his accusation was written over, THE KING OF THE JEWS. 
27  And with him they crucify two thieves; the one on his right hand, and the other on his left. 
28  And the scripture was fulfilled, which saith, And he was numbered with the transgressors. 
29  And they that passed by railed on him, wagging their heads, and saying, Ah, thou that destroyest the temple, and buildest it in three days, 
30  Save thyself, and come down from the cross. 
31  Likewise also the chief priests mocking said among themselves with the scribes, He saved others; himself he cannot save. 
32  Let Christ the King of Israel descend now from the cross, that we may see and believe. And they that were crucified with him reviled him. 
33  And when the sixth hour was come, there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour. 
34  And at the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani? which is, being interpreted, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? 
35  And some of them that stood by, when they heard it, said, Behold, he calleth Elias. 
36  And one ran and filled a spunge full of vinegar, and put it on a reed, and gave him to drink, saying, Let alone; let us see whether Elias will come to take him down. 
37  And Jesus cried with a loud voice, and gave up the ghost. 
38  And the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom. 
39  And when the centurion, which stood over against him, saw that he so cried out, and gave up the ghost, he said, Truly this man was the Son of God. 
40  There were also women looking on afar off: among whom was Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James the less and of Joses, and Salome; 
41  (Who also, when he was in Galilee, followed him, and ministered unto him;) and many other women which came up with him unto Jerusalem.
~ Mark 15:21-41

 

Soli Deo Gloria

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