Why Is The Mass So Extremely Important?
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Why Is The Mass So Extremely Important?
One Reason is
the Great Benefits Received from the Mass
Every VALID Holy Sacrifice of the
Catholic Traditional Mass you reverently and devoutly attend:
1. Fulfills your Sacred SUNDAY duty and responsibility to your Infinite Creator, Almighty God, by uniting yourself with the Mass Celebrant who, as your Mediator with God, Offers to God an Infinite SACRIFICE of:
1) Adoration/Worship;2. Renders the greatest gratitude and homage to the Sacred Humanity of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, God Incarnate.
4) Propitiation/Reparation for your actual sins.
3. At the hour of your death, will be your greatest consolation.
4. Will go with you to your Judgment to plead for pardon for you from the Just Judge.
5. Diminishes the temporal punishment due to your sins.
6. Supplies for many of your faults, negligences, and sins of omission.
7. Forgives your Venial Sins you are determined to avoid and for which you are truly sorry. Forgives your unknown/forgotten sins which you never confessed.
8. Reduces Satanís power over you.
9. Gives the Suffering Souls in Purgatory the greatest possible relief.
10. Is of more value/benefit to you than 1,000 Masses offered for you after your death.
11 You are preserved from many dangers/misfortunes which otherwise would have befallen you.
12. Shortens your time in Purgatory by hundreds of earth years.
13. For each Mass, God will send one Holy Saint, and one Holy Angel, to comfort you at your death.
14. You kneel amid a multitude of Holy Angels from Heaven.
15. Brings Blessings to you in regard to your temporal goods and concerns.
16. Every Valid Holy Mass you devoutly attend which is Offered to Almighty God in honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary, e.g. Our Lady of Mount Carmel (July 16), Assumption (August 15), Immaculate Heart of Mary (August 22), Immaculate Conception (December 8), etc., Our Blessed Mother will shower you with her special love, Blessings, and protection in this life. On your Day of Judgement, Our Lady will be permitted to plead for Mercy for you with her Divine Son, the Just Judge, with the same degree of fervor as the same number of Masses you devoutly attended in her honor.
17. At every week-day Valid Holy Mass you devoutly attend (i.e. not at the Sunday Mass), which is Offered to Almighty God in honor of any particular Holy Angel or Holy Saint, thanking God for the favors bestowed on that Holy Angel or Holy Saint, you provide that Holy Angel or Holy Saint a new degree of honor, joy, and happiness in Heaven. Because of this, you then receive the special love and protection of that Holy Angel or Holy Saint for yourself.
is that the
Source of Sanctifying Grace
For Each of the Seven Sacraments Comes from the Mass
the Sacraments of Penance and the Holy Eucharist
Which, Therefore, Should be Received as Frequently as Possible
God instituted the Seven Sacraments as effective means of Sanctifying Grace which is received ex opere operato (automatically).
We say that the Sacraments operate ex opere operato which simply means that the Rite of the Sacrament itself contains the power to confer Grace independently of the meritorious acts of the Administrator (i.e. of the Priest or of the Bishops) and of the Recipient.
Catholics should have recourse to the Sacraments of Penance and the Holy Eucharist as frequently as possible because they can be received frequently and also because every time each is received worthily, a person receives an increase in Sanctifying Grace as well as the special Grace of that Sacrament so that, as in the case of Penance, it gradually becomes more and more difficult to commit sin!
Yet another reason is because the Holy Sacrifice of the Catholic Traditional Mass is the unbloody renewal of the Sacrifice of Christ on the Cross. The Mass was Instituted by the Eternal High Priest, Jesus Christ, Who did all things well. In other words, IF the Mass was NOT important, Christ would NOT have Instituted the Mass.
An integral part of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass is the Form of Words which must be used for the Double Consecration. Therefore, following the obvious instructions of Jesus Christ, Who perfectly instituted the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul, did what Christ did, and used the Form of Words Christ used and which today must continue to be used for the Double Consecration of His Sacred Body and Most Precious Blood, without which correct Form the bread and wine would remain only bread and wine.
This 1943 edition of the Roman Catholic Missale Romanum contains the proper Form that is necessary for the Transubstantiation of the bread and wine into the real and true Body, Blood, Soul, Divinity of Jesus Christ effected by the Mass Celebrant who recites this correct Form of Words which Form is given below.
An Ancient Roman Rite Catholic Traditional 1943 Missale Romanum
Council of Florence
[1438 A.D. - 1445 A.D.]
An Infallible Pope with An Infallible Council
Both Verified and Infallibly Decreed - FOREVER
The FORM for the Double Consecration During the Mass
An Infallible Papal Bulla of
The Infallible Roman Catholic Pope Eugene IV
[Thursday, March 3, 1431 - Tuesday, February 23, 1447]
The Papal Bulla of Union with the Copts
Infallible Ćcumenical Council of Florence
Session 11, Friday, February 4, 1442
39. However, since no explanation was given in the aforesaid Decree of the Armenians in respect of the Form of words which the Holy Roman Church, relying on the teaching and authority of the Apostles Peter and Paul, has always been wont to use in the Consecration of the Lordís Body and Blood, We concluded that it should be inserted in this present text.
40. It uses this Form of words in the Consecration of the Lordís Body:
41. And [It uses this Form of words in the Consecration] of His Blood:ĎFor this is My Bodyí.
(Latin: Hoc est enim Corpus Meum.)
ĎFor this is the Chalice of My Blood, of the New and Everlasting Covenant; the Mystery of Faith, which will be shed for you and for many unto the remission of sinsí.
(Latin: Hic est enim calix Sanguinis Mei, Novi et Æterni Testamenti; Mysterium Fidei, qui pro vobis et pro multis effundetur in remissionem peccatorum.)
Why Is The Mass So Extremely Important?
More Reasons are Found in Reading About What the Mass IS
The Holy Sacrifice
of the Mass
Is Simply Explained in
21 Questions and Answers in
The Catechism of Pope Saint Pius X:
1 Q. Should the Holy Eucharist be considered only as a Sacrament?
A. The Holy Eucharist, besides being a Sacrament, is also the permanent Sacrifice of the New Law, which Jesus Christ left to His Church to be offered to God by the hands of His Priests.
2 Q. In what in general does a Sacrifice consist?
A. In general a Sacrifice consists in the offering of some sensible thing to God and in some way destroying it as an acknowledgment of His Supreme Dominion over us and over all things.
3 Q. What is this Sacrifice of the New Law called?
A. This Sacrifice of the New Law is called the Holy Mass.
4 Q. What, then, is the Holy Mass?
A. The Holy Mass is the Sacrifice of the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ offered on our Altars [not on tables] under the appearances of bread and wine, in commemoration of the Sacrifice of the Cross.
5 Q. Is the Sacrifice of the Mass the same as that of the Cross?
A. The Sacrifice of the Mass is substantially the same as that of the Cross, for the same Jesus Christ, Who offered Himself on the Cross, it is Who offers Himself by the hands of the Priests, His ministers, on our Altars; but as regards the way in which He is offered, the Sacrifice of the Mass differs from the Sacrifice of the Cross, though retaining the most intimate and essential relation to it.
6 Q. What difference and relation then is there between the Sacrifice of the Mass and that of the Cross?
A. Between the Sacrifice of the Mass and that of the Cross there is this difference and relation, that on the Cross Jesus Christ [once] offered Himself by shedding His Blood and meriting for us; whereas on our Altars He sacrifices Himself, without the shedding of His Blood, and applies to us the fruits of His passion And death.
7 Q. What other relation has the Sacrifice of the Mass to that of the Cross?
A. Another relation of the Sacrifice of the Mass to that of the Cross is, that the Sacrifice of the Mass represents in a sensible way the shedding of the Blood of Jesus Christ on the Cross, because, in virtue of the words of Consecration [i.e. the Form of Words for the Double Consecration], only the Body of our Saviour is made present under the species of the bread and only His Blood under the species of the wine; although by natural concomitance, and by the Hypostatic Union [the union of God and man in the one person of Jesus Christ], the living and real Jesus Christ is present under each of the [two] species.
8 Q. Is not the Sacrifice of the Cross the one only Sacrifice of the New Law?
A. The Sacrifice of the Cross is the one only Sacrifice of the New Law, inasmuch as through it Our Lord satisfied Divine Justice, acquired all the merits necessary to save us, and thus, on His part, fully accomplished our redemption. These merits, however, He applies to us through the means instituted by Him in His Church, among which is the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.
9 Q. For what ends then is the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass offered?
A. The Sacrifice of the Mass is offered to God for four ends:
(1) To honour Him properly, and hence it is called Latreutical;10 Q. Who is it that offers to God the Sacrifice of the Holy Mass?
(2) To thank Him for His favours, and hence it is called Eucharistical;
(3) To appease Him, make Him due satisfaction for our sins, and to help the souls in Purgatory, and hence it is called Propitiatory;
(4) To obtain all the graces necessary for us, and hence it is called Impetratory.
A. The first and principal Offeror of the Sacrifice of the Holy Mass is Jesus Christ, while the Priest is the minister who in the Name of Jesus Christ offers the same Sacrifice to the Eternal Father.
11 Q. Who instituted the Sacrifice of the Holy Mass?
A. Jesus Christ Himself instituted the Sacrifice of the Holy Mass when He instituted the Sacrament of the Blessed Eucharist and said that this should be done in memory of His passion.
12 Q. To whom is the Holy Mass offered?
A. The Holy Mass is offered to God alone.
13 Q. If the Holy Mass is offered to God alone why are so many Masses celebrated in honour of the Blessed Virgin And the Saints?
A. Mass celebrated in honour of the Blessed Virgin and the Saints is always a Sacrifice offered to God alone; it is said to be celebrated in honour of the Blessed Virgin and the Saints to thank God for the gifts He has given them, and through their intercession to obtain from Him more abundantly the Graces of which we have need.
14 Q. Who shares in the fruits of the Mass?
A. The entire Church shares in the fruits of the Mass, but more particularly:
(1) The Priest and those who assist at [i.e. attend] Mass, the latter being united with the Priest;The Way to Assist at [Attend] Mass
(2) Those for whom the Mass is applied, both living and dead.
15 Q. What is required in order to assist at [i.e. attend] Holy Mass well and profitably?
A. To assist at [attend] Holy Mass well and profitably two things are necessary:
(1) Modesty of person, and16 Q. In what does modesty of person consist?
(2) Devotion of heart.
A. Modesty of person consists especially in being modestly dressed, in observing silence and recollection and, as far as possible, in remaining kneeling, except during the time of the two Gospels which are heard standing.
17 Q. In hearing [i.e. attending] Holy Mass which is the best way to practise true devotion?
A. In hearing [i.e. attending] Holy Mass the best way to practise true devotion is the following:
(1) From the very beginning to unite our intention with that of the Priest, offering the Holy Sacrifice to God for the ends for which it was instituted.18 Q. What is Spiritual Communion?
(2) To accompany the Priest in each prayer and action of the Sacrifice.
(3) To meditate on the passion and death of Jesus Christ And to heartily detest our sins, which have been the cause of them.
(4) To go to Communion, or at least to make a Spiritual Communion while the Priest communicates.
A. Spiritual Communion is a great desire to be united Sacramentally with Jesus Christ. saying, for example:
My Lord Jesus Christ, I desire with my whole heart to be united with Thee now and forever.and then make the same acts that are to be made before and after Sacramental Communion.
19 Q. Does the recitation of the Rosary or other prayers during Mass prevent us from hearing [i.e. attending] it with profit?
A. The recitation of the Rosary and other prayers during Mass does not prevent us from hearing [i.e. attending] it with profit, provided we try As far as possible to follow the parts of the Holy Sacrifice.
20 Q. Is it advisable to pray for others while assisting at Mass?
A. Yes it is advisable to pray for others while assisting at [i.e. attending] Mass; nay more, the time of Holy Mass is the most suitable of all times to pray for the living and the dead.
21 Q. What should we do after Mass?
A. After Mass we
should give God thanks for having allowed us to assist at [attend] this
great Sacrifice, and we should ask pardon for All the faults we may have
committed while assisting at [attending] it.
On that first Holy Thursday Evening, Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the Eternal High Priest, perfectly instituted the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.
This is why the future Pope Pius XII warned all Catholics not to accept any changes made to the Faith, including the Faith found in the Catholic Liturgy, which includes the changes made to the Catholic Mass which DESTROYED the Catholic Mass!
Our Blessed Mother asks Catholics to
Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help or sought thy intercession, was left unaided. Inspired by this confidence, I fly unto thee, O Virgin of virgins, my Mother. To thee do I come; before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy hear and answer me. Amen.
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