The Gospel According to Rome ~ Part 2:13

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)

13. The faithful receive the benefits of the cross in fullest measure through the sacrifice of the Mass [RC Catechism 1366, 1407].

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

187 Council of Trent (1562): DS 1740; cf. 1 Cor 11:23; Heb 7:24,27.

1407 The Eucharist is the heart and the summit of the Church’s life,
for in it Christ associates his Church and all her members with his sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving offered once for all on the cross to his Father; by this sacrifice he pours out the graces of salvation on his Body which is the Church.

The Bible Teaches (TRUTH)

Believers receive the benefits of the cross in fullest measure in Christ through faith (Ephesians 1:3-14).

3  Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ: 
4  According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: 
5  Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, 
6  To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved. 
7  In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace; 
8  Wherein he hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence; 
9  Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself: 
10  That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him:
11  In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will:
12  That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ.
13  In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,
14  Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.
~ Ephesians 1:3-14

Soli Deo Gloria

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