What is the Holy Mass? The Holy Mass is the Eucharist considered as Sacrifice.
What is a Sacrifice? The destruction of a thing to show that God is the Lord, the owner of all things.
In a sacrifice, a priest offers God a thing. The priest offers the sacrifice in our name, and as a sign of submission to God, of thanksgiving, of repentance for our sins, and of asking for help. The priest offers the sacrifice in our name, and as a sign of submission to God, of thanksgiving, of repentance for our sins, and of asking for help.
The sacrifice of the lamb God wanted that a lamb be sacrificed yearly in order to celebrate the Passover Feast as a remembrance of freedom from Egypt.
The Jewish Passover The Jewish people celebrated yearly their freedom from slavery in Egypt in the Paschal Supper.
The Last Supper of Jesus Jessus wanted to spend His Last Supper with the Apostles, before leaving this world to join His Father in HEaven.
Jesus institutes the Eucharist Jesus institutes the Eucharist In this Supper, Jeus explains that He is the Lamb of God who will be sacrificed for all of us in order to be freed from sin. The wine is His Blood shed for us.
The Holy Mass is a sacrifice In ancient times, it was a priest who offered sacrifices In ancient times, it was a priest who offered sacrifices Jesus is the priest who offers His sacrifice Jesus is the priest who offers His sacrifice In the Old Testament, a lamb was the victim offered to God. In the Old Testament, a lamb was the victim offered to God. In the Holy Mass, Jesus is the Victim (the one offered to God) In the Holy Mass, Jesus is the Victim (the one offered to God)
The bloody Sacrifice of the Cross is the same sactrifice (unbloody) that is performed in the Holy Mass It replaces and eliminates all the sacrifices offered in the Old Testament, before the coming of the Lord. The Sacririfce of the Cross is the basic and central sacrifice of our Christian religion.
When we participate at Holy Mass, we receive the fruit of the Lord’s Passion. JEsus does not die agin when Mass is celebrated. Neither does He suffer again all the sufferings of His Passion. His Passion and Death are made present here and now, but they are not repeated.
In the Mass, Jesus’ Resurrection is made also made present This is why we say in the Holy Mass: Christ has died, Christ is risen, Christ will come again.
Christ has died means that the Mass is the memorial of the Lord’s Death on the Cross. Christ is Risen means that the Risen Jesus is the one who celebrates the Holy Mass Christ will come again means that we wait for the Lord’s second Coming at the end of time. Meanwhile, Jesus is present in the celebration of the Holy Mass until the end of time. The end