Wednesday
March 23, 2005
vol 16, no. 82

Why the Holy Eucharist is the Blessed Sacrament

Reflections on the Proper of the Mass for Wednesday in Holy Week

by Michael Cain, editor, The Daily Catholic

    "Traditional Catholics realize that to attend Mass devoutly is the greatest prayer we can offer. There is no more holy and divine act that can be performed here on earth than the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. We need to let all our brothers and sisters know that all who participate in the Mass, both here on earth and in Purgatory, reap the general fruits since the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass is offered for everyone. This not only includes all who are present, or assist, especially the priest who represents Christ, but also the person for whom it is being offered as well as the souls in Purgatory - the Church Suffering. Again, I'll hammer that point home as long as God gives me lungs to breathe."

    No feast better exemplifies Catholicism than the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass for Maundy Thursday in commemorating Our Lord's Last Supper for as all know it was in this upper room where the Son of God instituted the everlasting Manna from Heaven - the Blessed Sacrament when He turned the bread He offered His disciples into His Own Flesh and the wine into His Precious Blood. Though the physical properties of the bread remain the same, when He blessed it, broke and gave it to His disciples pronouncing the words "Take and eat ye all of this, For This is My Body" - HOC EST ENIM CORPUS MEUM. At that moment it became His Body. Then, as the Canon of the Mass says for the necessity of Transubstantiation as Our Lord commanded, In like manner, after He had supped, taking also this excellent chalice into His holy and venerable hands, and giving thanks to Thee, He blessed and gave it to His disciples, saying Take and drink ye all of this FOR THIS IS THE CHALICE OF MY BLOOD, OF THE NEW AND ETERNAL TESTAMENT: THE MYSTERY OF FAITH: WHICH SHALL BE SHED FOR YOU AND FOR MANY UNTO THE REMISSION OF SINS - HIC EST ENIM CALIX SANGUINIS MEI, NOVI ET AETERNI TESTAMENTI : MYSTERIUM FIDEI : QUI PRO VOBIS ET PRO MULTIS EFFUNDETUR IN REMISSIONEM PECCATORUM At that very moment the wine, still wine in all aspects, became His Precious Blood.

    Immediately after the Transubstantiation, Christ charged that this Memorial Mass be continued always: "As often as ye shall do these things, ye shall do them in remembrance of Me." The Mass from this time on contained in its essence these words. Though altered slightly to include the fullness of the Evangelists' accounts over the centuries, it was codified in Pope Saint Pius V's Papal Bull ratifying the Council of Trent which reaffirmed the serious sin of omitting or changing the Form of the Sacrament at the Consecration, something that, according to the weight and Magisterial Power of the Council of Trent also calls into serious question the validity of the New Mass instituted by Paul VI, which, as we have seen is devoid of any fruits (cf. Matthew 7: 20). Pius V further cemented "in perpetuity" (or so he thought until the Masons penetrated the Holy See and the Council in the sixties) the immemorial Mass of All Ages - the Apostolic Mass of Saints Peter and Paul.

    Jesus used bread for He is the "Bread of Life" (cf. John 6:35) and wine for He is the "true Vine" (cf. John 15:1). The fruit of the vine becomes the fruits of Redemption, made possible by Christ's death, a death which totally made it possible for every one of God's children to be redeemed. The only difference between the Sacrifice of the Cross and the Sacrifice of the Mass is that on the former Jesus physically shed His Blood, while in the latter there is no physical shedding of blood nor physical death because Christ has already been immolated once. By His death of Atonement and Propitiation for our sins, He gained for us the merit and, through the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, applies to us that merit and reward of His Bloody Death through the unbloody oblation of His Body and Blood in a propitiatory manner to the Father by the alter Christus - the priest - during Mass. It is very similar to what one would see on video tape. What was taped happened at the moment it was being filmed. When it is being played over and over, no matter how many times, it is a re-enactment of the event. Though it cannot happen again, we are reliving it as though it were. So also the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass for Jesus continues to offer Himself as a Sacrifice in order to unite us with Him, to give us a gift worthy to be offered to God (cf. Malachi 1:11), "a clean oblation" and allow us the opportunity to share in the merits of His eternal sacrifice on the Cross. The fruits of attending the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass worthily and in the state of grace are that He not only answers our heartfelt prayers, but we gain even more of the merits of Christ for our souls as well as gaining temporal blessings.

    When we consider these things, isn't it sad that so few attend Daily Mass? Isn't it even sadder that you can practically count on two hands where there is a Traditional Latin Mass daily? Even sadder that there are so few Sunday Latin Masses. Yet there are plenty of Novus Ordo "Eucharistic Celebrations" where so many truly dumbed-down Catholics attend without truly realizing what they should be partaking in? What they are missing. Though I'm probably preaching to the choir, we need to intensify our efforts to convince priests to return to their roots and walk away from the Protestant rite of the Novus Ordo and embrace the True Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, to instill in all the Catholic faithful the value of this immemorial Mass which is infinite because it is the renewal of Christ's death.

    Traditional Catholics realize that to attend Mass devoutly is the greatest prayer we can offer. There is no more holy and divine act that can be performed here on earth than the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. We need to let all our brothers and sisters know that all who participate in the Mass, both here on earth and in Purgatory, reap the general fruits since the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass is offered for everyone. This not only includes all who are present, or assist, especially the priest who represents Christ, but also the person for whom it is being offered as well as the souls in Purgatory - the Church Suffering. Again, I'll hammer that point home as long as God gives me lungs to breathe.

    Our Lady, the Ark of the Covenant who is the Living Tabernacle of Our Lord, is constantly reminding us of the importance of Holy Mass, always drawing us closer to her Divine Son Who is ever present in the Tabernacle but never closer to us than during Mass and at Holy Communion for this sacrifice is accomplished at this special time when the species of bread and wine, now Our Lord's Body and Blood are consumed just as His Sacrifice was accomplished when He cried out, "It is Consummated!" and then expired on the Cross. It is so vital to remember that the Mass is not a remembrance or memorial of His death as the Protestants and so many NOC's assume, but an actual renewal, in the separate consecration of the bread and wine, of the death of Jesus - the separation of His Body and Blood. Isn't it interesting that our protestant brethren waited sixteen centuries before denying the true presence of Christ in the Holy Eucharist. They denied it and introduced a different doctrine, one which goes against all that Christ intended. We can't help but wonder how, then, they can explain the powerful meaning of Christ's Own words in John 6: 54-59.

    That is also the principle of the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist for the word "sacrament" signifies a means unto holiness. "A Sacrament," the Roman Catechism tells us, "is an outward sign instituted by Christ to give grace." Of all the Sacraments, the Holy Eucharist is the most outward sign instituted by Jesus. It, along with Baptism is one of the Living Sacraments. Indeed by Its properties this Sacrament is the most sublime of Sacraments. That's why the Holy Eucharist, the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ, Soul and Divinity, is called the "Blessed Sacrament!"

Michael Cain, Editor



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