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Patriarch Jacobus Maria DeJesus, D.D.

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Why Does a Catholic Mass Celebrant
Have His Back to the Congregation at .The Mass?
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Contents

Subject # 1:  Introduction

Subject # 2:  The Mass

Subject # 3:  Why Does a Catholic Mass Celebrant Have His Back to the Congregation at .The Mass?

Reason # 1:  The Stone Altar and Apostolic Tradition.
Section # 1:  The Stone Altar

Section # 2:  Tradition

Reason # 2:  The Holy Altars Are Firmly Attached to the Back Wall of the Church.
Section # 1:  The Holy Altars in the Catacombs

Section # 2:  A Few Examples of the Holy Altar Firmly Attached to the Back Wall

Part # 1:  The Catacombs

Part # 2:  More Recent Times

Reason # 3:  The Holy Altars Are Elevated Above Floor Level.
Section # 1:  Churches Always Have Altar Steps
Part # 1: The Altar Steps
Reason # 6: Private Masses.
Subject # 4:  The Holy Communion Rail.
Reason # 1:  The Holy Communion Rail Encloses Everything Within the Holy Sanctuary.
Section # 1:  The Holy Sanctuary.

Section # 2:  A Few Examples of the Holy Communion Rail.

Reason # 2:  Holy Communion Administered at The Holy Communion Rail
                    To the Laity on the Tongue While Kneeling.
Section # 1:  Only a Priest can Administer Holy Communion.
Part # 1:  Photographic Examples.

Part # 2:  A Brief Video.

Subject # 5:  Photos, Videos, and Graphics of Mass Celebrants
                    With their Backs to the Congregation During  .The Mass
Examples of Photos

Examples of Videos

Examples of Graphics

Subject # 6:  Link for YouTube Video of a Solemn High Mass.
Excerpt # 1:  Some Still Photos from this YouTube Video.
Explanation # 1:  An Explanation of the Liturgical Kiss of Peace.

Explanation # 2:  Only the Priest Can Administer Holy Communion.

Explanation # 3:  The fact that the Laity Receive ONLY the Sacred Host on their Tongue while Kneeling, NOT standing, and NOT in their hands.  The fact that only the Priest drinks the Most Precious Blood in his Chalice.

Explanation # 4:  Why Ite, Missa Est does NOT mean:  Go, you are dismissed.!

Explanation # 5:  Why there is Last Gospel.

Subject # 7:  A Very Brief Video Comparison Between
                    The Traditional Catholic Mass, a.k.a., The Mass, and
                    The Novus Ordo Missae (NEW mass)

Subject # 8:  Links for: .The Traditional Catholic Mass, a.k.a., The Mass

Subject # 9:  Conclusion

    The Blessing

    The Memorare



The unchangeable Catholic Faith

Subject # 1:
Introduction


The unchangeable Catholic Faith is the one and only, real and trueSupernatural Religion. because it was instituted by Almighty God.

Because it is a .Supernatural .[above the natural] .Religion, this means that it contains a number of  .Supernatural Mysteries .which can only be known by Divine Revelation because they are above the natural powers of the human intellect.

For example, the finite human mind is not able to totally comprehend the Supernatural Mystery of the Most Blessed Trinity, as well as a number of other Supernatural Mysteries.

One of these other.Supernatural Mysteries is the Holy Sacrifice of .The Traditional Catholic Mass, which, before all of the changes of the changes, was simply called .The Mass.

Most Catholics over the age of 70 should remember what it was like when they attended .The Mass.

Subject # 2:
The Mass


Brief Video of a Solemn High Mass
With the Mass Celebrant, Deacon, Sub-Deacon, etc., etc.
Beginning Prayers at the Foot of the Altar, facing the Altar
Standing on the floor of the Sanctuary, directly in front of the Altar Steps
39 Seconds


Back in those days, there were no changes. Everything was stable. This is why the Mass Celebrant Offered .The Mass. facing the Altar.  The back of the Altar was firmly attached to the back wall of the Church building, and, therefore, the Mass Celebrant had his back to the Congregation.

However, because of all of the changes of the changes, today most Catholics have never seen this and so when they do attend .The Traditional Catholic Mass, which, before all of the changes of the changes, was simply called.The Mass, it is only natural that such Catholics would wonder: Why does the Catholic Mass Celebrant have his back to the Congregation at.The Mass?


What Happened?
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This Is What Happened:

(1)


Satan Did It!
 

(2)

This is HOW Satan Did It:


 

(3)

Some of the Results:
 

(a)




Ape churchs heretical catechism!


(b)


 


Ape churchs Demonic masses!





Today, near the end of the second decade of the 21st Century, the generations of Catholics under the age of 70, have been slowly discovering that most of what they were taught about the Catholic Faith is WRONG!
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We have recently added a new web page on this subject at:
http://www.traditionalcatholicmass.com/home-mn-052.html


The unchangeable Catholic Faith

This web site is devoted to teaching some of the unchangeable Supernatural Truths of the .Supernatural Catholic Faith, most especially the.unchangeable Truths.of .The Traditional Catholic Mass, which, before the notorious, and virulent,.anti-Catholic. Satanic. Synod. Vatican  2, [Thursday, October 11, 1962 - Wednesday, December 8, 1965], was simply called .The Mass.


A Few of Ape churchs Heretics and Apostates:

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The Notorious, and Virulent,.anti-Catholic. Satanic. Synod. Vatican  2 church

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A Graphic Comparison of 2 Totally Different Masses:
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In practical terms, this means that some of the things of .The Traditional Catholic Mass, including the Mass Celebrant facing the Altar of Sacrifice, with his back to the people in the Congregation, are a big mystery simply because it is so very, very sad that most Catholics of today know almost nothing about .The Traditional Catholic Mass, a.k.a., .The Mass.


Subject # 3:
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Why Does a Catholic Mass Celebrant
Have His Back to the Congregation at .The Mass?
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Please note that the following reasons and data, because of the subject matter, in some places are very different, one from the other.  But, in other places, the subject matter is somewhat similar, or  even identical, to the reasons and data found elsewhere on this web page.

However, because some of what follows will be new information for most Readers, therefore, in order to provide greater clarity, and to avoid any possible confusion, each reason and section thereof, will be treated individually, with its very own data, despite any possible similiarities, found in one or more other reasons and/or sections.

Thank You for your understanding in this matter and also for your interest in this very important subject!

God Bless You!

Editor:  Patriarch Jacobus Maria DeJesus, D.D.


Reason # 1:
The Stone Altar and Apostolic Tradition.

Section # 1
The Stone Altar



The Mass.Offered in the 1st Century A.D. in the Catacombs





The Mass.Offered in the 1st Century A.D. in the Catacombs



The Sacrifice  [of the Mass] must be offered somewhere; for the celebration of the adorable mysteries of the Body and Blood of Christ, a sanctified place is without any doubt proper.” (Rev. Dr. Nicholas Gihr, “The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass; Dogmatically, Liturgically and Ascetically Explained”, Translated from the Sixth German Edition, Freiburg im Breisgau. 1902.  B. Herder, Publisher to the Holy Apostolic See, Vienna (Austria), Munich (Bavaria), Strassburg  (Alsace-Lorraine), St. Louis, Mo.: B. Herder, 17 South Broadway.  Nihil Obstat. S. Ludovici, Die 17. Febr. 1902. F. G. Holweck, Censor theologicus.  + IMPRIMATUR. St. Louis, Mo., Febr. 17th, 1902.
John J. Kain, Archbishop of St. Louis.  BOOK II, Liturgical and Ascetical Part,  Chapter the First, Preparation for the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, 26. The Christian Altar, page 236; emphasis added.)

The top of the Altar, over the martyr's grave, was covered with a stone slabThey were set into the back of the wall of the Catacombs, as in the above examples.

In the Catacombs, as a rule, the martyr's grave, covered with a stone slab, or with a large stone projecting from its side, formed the Altar for the celebration of the Sacrificial Mysteries..... The Rite and place of the Eucharistic Sacrifice [i.e..The Mass] naturally brought it about that, as a rule, only tables or graves (that is, coffins) were selected as the places of Sacrifice. The top or surface of the table and of the tomb are similarly flat, whilst the lower part of the table is open and that of the tomb is closed.”

“Even during times of bloody persecution, and still more since the Christians came forth from their dark underground caves, from the silent Catacombs, the faithful ever strove, at the cost of great sacrifices, to erect to the Most High glorious and magnificent churches, and, above all, to put up in them the most artistic Altars of the most precious materials, as is becoming to their exalted dignity and their sublime destination. The principal parts of the Altar are the lower portion and the stone-slab, upon which the host and chalice are Consecrated; the remainder is an addition artistically ornamented, which throughout the different ages has assumed manifold forms.”  (Ibid., Rev. Dr. Nicholas Gihr, “The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass; Dogmatically, Liturgically and Ascetically Explained”, 26. The Christian Altar, page 238; emphasis added.)


Section # 2
Tradition









The Great Importance of The Law of Tradition

From the time of the Apostles, stone was employed and anointed for the purpose of thereon celebrating the Holy Sacrifice [of the Mass]. Pope Evaristus (+ 105 A.D. ), to whom is ascribed the division of Rome into parishes under the direction of individual Priests, it is said, ordered the erection and dedication of Altars of stone, and Silvester I. merely renewed this law.” (Footnote 1.  Cf. Offic. dedic. Basilic. Petri et Pauli 18. Nov. [Office of the Dedication of the Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, November 18.]).  (Ibid., Rev. Dr. Nicholas Gihr, “The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass; Dogmatically, Liturgically and Ascetically Explained”, 26. The Christian Altar, page 238; emphasis added.)

The Great Importance of Tradition


This Tradition, apparently part of the Authentic Apostolic Tradition, explains why the Roman Catholic Church has required that the Altar must be firmly attached to the back wall of the Church.  This fact results in the Mass Celebrant, when Offering the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. at the Holy Altar, automatically having his back to the Congregation present for.The Mass.

Reason # 2:
The Holy Altars Are Firmly Attached to the Back Wall of the Church.
Section # 1
The Holy Altars in the Catacombs


The Mass.Offered in the 1st Century A.D. in the Catacombs






The Mass.Offered in the 1st Century A.D. in the Catacombs

The Sacrifice  [of the Mass] must be offered somewhere; for the celebration of the adorable mysteries of the Body and Blood of Christ, a sanctified place is without any doubt proper.” (Rev. Dr. Nicholas Gihr, “The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass; Dogmatically, Liturgically and Ascetically Explained”, Translated from the Sixth German Edition, Freiburg im Breisgau. 1902.  B. Herder, Publisher to the Holy Apostolic See, Vienna (Austria), Munich (Bavaria), Strassburg  (Alsace-Lorraine), St. Louis, Mo.: B. Herder, 17 South Broadway.  Nihil Obstat. S. Ludovici, Die 17. Febr. 1902. F. G. Holweck, Censor theologicus.  + IMPRIMATUR. St. Louis, Mo., Febr. 17th, 1902.
John J. Kain, Archbishop of St. Louis.  BOOK II, Liturgical and Ascetical Part,  Chapter the First, Preparation for the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, 26. The Christian Altar, page 236; emphasis added.)



Photos of A Holy Altar in the Catacombs



The top of the Altar, over the martyr's grave, was covered with a stone slabThey were set into the back of the wall of the Catacombs, as in the above examples.

In the Catacombs, as a rule, the martyr's grave, covered with a stone slab, or with a large stone projecting from its side, formed the Altar for the celebration of the Sacrificial Mysteries..... The Rite and place of the Eucharistic Sacrifice [i.e..The Mass] naturally brought it about that, as a rule, only tables or graves (that is, coffins) were selected as the places of Sacrifice. The top or surface of the table and of the tomb are similarly flat, whilst the lower part of the table is open and that of the tomb is closed.”

“Even during times of bloody persecution, and still more since the Christians came forth from their dark underground caves, from the silent Catacombs, the faithful ever strove, at the cost of great sacrifices, to erect to the Most High glorious and magnificent churches, and, above all, to put up in them the most artistic Altars of the most precious materials, as is becoming to their exalted dignity and their sublime destination. The principal parts of the Altar are the lower portion and the stone-slab, upon which the host and chalice are Consecrated; the remainder is an addition artistically ornamented, which throughout the different ages has assumed manifold forms.”  (Ibid., Rev. Dr. Nicholas Gihr, “The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass; Dogmatically, Liturgically and Ascetically Explained”, 26. The Christian Altar, page 238; emphasis added.)


Section # 2
A Few Examples of the Holy Altar Firmly Attached to the Back Wall

Part # 1:
The Catacombs




The top of the Altar, over the martyr's grave, was covered with a stone slabThey were firmly set into the back of the wall of the Catacombs, as in the two above photos.
Part # 2:
More Recent Times


Brief Video of an Ancient Roman Rite
Traditional Catholic Solemn High Mass
Beginning Prayers at the Foot of the Altar
39 Seconds




Brief Video of an Ancient Roman Rite
Traditional Catholic Solemn High Mass
Beginning of the Creed by the Mass Celebrant
11 Seconds



Brief Video of an Ancient Roman Rite
Traditional Catholic Solemn High Mass
The Consecration of the
Most Precious Blood of Jesus Christ
57 Seconds



Brief Video of an Ancient Roman Rite
Traditional Catholic Solemn High Mass
The Last Gospel
57 Seconds





Please Note the Altar Cards Are in an Upright Position for Easy Reading



Please Note the Tabernacle and the Altar Crucifix Are in an Elevated Position


Reply to Objection 3The Priest, in reciting the prayers of the Mass, speaks in the Person of the Church [in Persona Ecclesiæ], in whose unity he remains. But, in Consecrating the Sacrament [of the Most Holy Eucharist], he speaks in the Person of Christ [in Persona Christi], Whose place he holds by the power of his Orders.”  (Saint Thomas Aquinas, O.P., [b. 1225 A.D. in Rocca Secca, Naples, Italy - d. Wednesday, March 7, 1274 A.D. in Fossa Nuova, Italy], Doctor of the Church: “Angelic Doctor”, “Common Doctor”; “Summa Theologica”, Part III, Question 82, Article 7, Reply to Objection 3; emphasis added.)

The Priest is also one and the same, Christ the Lord; for the ministers who offer Sacrifice, Consecrate the Holy Mysteries, not in their own person, but in that of Christ [in Persona Christi], as the words of Consecration itself show, for the Priest does not say: ‘This is the body of Christ’, but, ‘This is My body’; and thus, acting in the Person of Christ the Lord, [in Persona Christi] he [The Celebrant of the Holy Mass] changes the substance of the bread and wine into the true substance of His [Christ's] Body and Blood.”  (“The Catechism of the Council of Trent for Parish Priests”, Issued by Order of Pope Saint Pius V, Antonio-Michele Ghislieri [Friday, January 7, 1566 - Monday, May 1, 1572]. Translated by John Ambrose McHugh, O.P., S.T.M., Litt.D., and Charles Jerome Callan, O.P., S.T.M., Litt.D. Imprimatur: +| Patrick Cardinal Joseph Hayes, D.D., [b. at New York, New York on Wednesday, November 20, 1867 - d. at New York, New York on Sunday, September 4, 1938;, Archbishop of New York, Monday, March 10, 1919  - Sunday, September 4, 1938]. Part II, The Sacraments, The Sacrament of the Eucharist, The Mass Is a True Sacrifice, Excellence of the Mass, The Mass Is The Same Sacrifice As That Of The Cross, p. 258; emphasis added.)



Please Note the Tabernacle and the Altar Crucifix Are in an Elevated Position
Also the Statues of the 2 Angels are Next to the Outside Corners of the Holy Altar on Pedestals



Please Note the Tabernacle and the Altar Crucifix Are in an Elevated Position
Also the Statues of the Holy Saints are a Visual Reminder of the Glory of Heaven
As Well As the Presence of Jesus Christ, the Divine Lamb of God, on His Throne




Even the Side Altars Are Firmly Attached to the Back of the Wall
Each Side Altar Has a Holy Statue Set on Top of its own Tabernacle
This is Traditional in Almost All Roman Catholic Churches




The Side Altars Are Also Firmly Attached to the Back of the Wall
Each Side Altar Has a Holy Statue Set on Top of its own Tabernacle
This is Traditional in Almost All Roman Catholic Churches


Even the Side Altars Are Firmly Attached to the Back of the Wall

Reason # 3:
The Holy Altars Are Elevated Above Floor Level.
Churches Always Have Altar Steps for the
Mass Celebrant to Ascend Up to the Holy of Holies
Because The Blessed Sacrament is Reserved in the Tabernacle
Altar Steps Are Also Symbolic of Ascending Up To Heaven
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Section # 1:
Churches Always Have Altar Steps


“1. Altar steps, desirable for practical and symbolical reasons, occur at quite an early period and have been in general use since the sixth century. Many expressions of the most ancient Ordines Romani (for example, ascendere ad altare altior vel superior gradus) have reference to the elevation of the Altar. These steps should be so constructed as to be ascended on three sides ; the highest (the platform, suppedaneum, piedrella, pradella) should be of such length and width that the Priest may conveniently genuflect thereon. For Solemn High Mass several steps are required, so that the Rank in the Hierarchy of those who officiate may be observable by the different standing places of the Celebrant (in suppedaneo), of the Deacon (in gradu medio), and of the Sub-Deacon (in piano). Wooden or marble [Altar] Railings (cancelli) should remind us of the Holiness of the Altar, should protect it from desecration and prevent the entrance of the Laity. Terribilis est locus iste! (Genesis. c. 28.)”  (Ibid., Rev. Dr. Nicholas Gihr, “The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass; Dogmatically, Liturgically and Ascetically Explained”, 26. The Christian Altar, page 240; Footnote # 1; emphasis added.)


Part # 1:
The Altar Steps

Please Note the Communion Rail and the Altar Steps




A Nuptial Mass
Please Note the Communion Rail, the Altar Steps, and the Side Altars Also with Statues


A Solemn High Mass
Please Note the Communion Rail, the Altar Steps, and the Side Altars Also with Statues
Notice How Ornate the Area Is Above the Holy Altar with a Very Large Crucifix and Statues

Reason # 4:
The Perfect Fulfillment of the Old Testament Prophecy:

Introibo ad Altare Dei.
I Will Go [UP] Unto the Altar of God.”

The Mass Celebrant, In Persona Christi, “In the Person of Christ”, Faces the Holy Altar because Jesus Christ is the “Mediator between God and men,” in virtue of the Ontological and Metaphysical Essences of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, which Essences make the Mass,.The Mass, without which (sine qua non - without which not) there is no Mass.  Therefore, these Essences are in no way dependent upon the presence and/or absence of any Cngregation, no matter how large or small, which makes the issue of a Congregation totally irrelevant, contrary to the current Demonic:   Heresy of Modernism and the New Theology Heresy!

The Priest is also one and the same, Christ the Lord; for the ministers who offer Sacrifice, Consecrate the Holy Mysteries, not in their own person, but in that of Christ [in Persona Christi], as the words of Consecration itself show, for the Priest does not say: ‘This is the body of Christ’, but, ‘This is My body’; and thus, acting in the Person of Christ the Lord, [in Persona Christi] he [The Celebrant of the Holy Mass] changes the substance of the bread and wine into the true substance of His [Christ's] Body and Blood.”  (“The Catechism of the Council of Trent for Parish Priests”, Issued by Order of Pope Saint Pius V, Antonio-Michele Ghislieri [Friday, January 7, 1566 - Monday, May 1, 1572]. Translated by John Ambrose McHugh, O.P., S.T.M., Litt.D., and Charles Jerome Callan, O.P., S.T.M., Litt.D. Imprimatur: +| Patrick Cardinal Joseph Hayes, D.D., [b. at New York, New York on Wednesday, November 20, 1867 - d. at New York, New York on Sunday, September 4, 1938;, Archbishop of New York, Monday, March 10, 1919  - Sunday, September 4, 1938]. Part II, The Sacraments, The Sacrament of the Eucharist, The Mass Is a True Sacrifice, Excellence of the Mass, The Mass Is The Same Sacrifice As That Of The Cross, p. 258; emphasis added.)


Introibo ad Altare Dei.
I Will Go Unto the Altar of God.
 


And I will go unto the Altar of God:
to God who giveth joy to my youth.”
(King David, Psalm 42:4)



Brief Video of an Ancient Roman Rite
Traditional Catholic Solemn High Mass
Beginning Prayers at the Foot of the Altar
39 Seconds

Reason # 5:




Kyrie eleison.
Lord, have mercy on us.”
The Eternal High Priest, Jesus Christ, is the:
Mediator between God and men.
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The Mass Celebrant, In Persona Christi, “In the Person of Christ”, Faces the Holy Altar because Jesus Christ is the “Mediator between God and men,” in virtue of the Ontological and Metaphysical Essences of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, which Essences make the Mass,.The Mass, without which (sine qua non - without which not) there is no Mass.  Therefore, these Essences are in no way dependent upon the presence and/or absence of any Cngregation, no matter how large or small, which makes the issue of a Congregation totally irrelevant, contrary to the current Demonic:   Heresy of Modernism and the New Theology Heresy!

“62. Assuredly it is a wise and most laudable thing to return in spirit and affection to the sources of the Sacred Liturgy....  But it is neither wise nor laudable to reduce everything to antiquity by every possible device. Thus, to cite some instances, one would be straying from the straight path were he to wish the Altar restored to its primitive tableform; were he to want black excluded as a color for the liturgical vestments; were he to forbid the use of sacred images and statues in Churches; were he to order the crucifix so designed that the Divine Redeemer's body shows no trace of His cruel sufferings; and lastly were he to disdain and reject polyphonic music or singing in parts, even where it conforms to regulations issued by the Holy See....”

“84. ....  But we deem it necessary to recall that the Priest acts for the people only because he represents Jesus Christ, who is Head of all His members and offers Himself in their stead. Hence, he [the Priest] goes to the Altar as the minister of Christ, inferior to Christ, but superior to the people. [83.  Cf. Saint Robert Bellarmine, De Missa, 2, c.4.] The people, on the other hand, since they in no sense represent the Divine Redeemer and are not Mediator between themselves and God, can in no way possess the Sacerdotal Power....”

“91.  ..... The unbloody immolation at the words of Consecration, when Christ is made present upon the Altar in the State of a Victim, is performed by the Priest and by him alone, as the representative of Christ and not as the representative of the Faithful. But it is because the Priest places the Divine Victim upon the Altar that he offers it to God the Father as an Oblation for the glory of the Blessed Trinity and for the good of the whole Church....”  (Pope Pius XII, Eugenio Pacelli, [Thursday, March 2, 1939 - Thursday, October 9, 1958], Encyclical Mediator Dei, Thursday, November 20, 1947 A.D.; emphasis added.)



Reply to Objection 3The Priest, in reciting the prayers of the Mass, speaks in the Person of the Church [in Persona Ecclesiæ], in whose unity he remains. But, in Consecrating the Sacrament [of the Most Holy Eucharist], he speaks in the Person of Christ [in Persona Christi], Whose place he holds by the power of his Orders.”  (Saint Thomas Aquinas, O.P., [b. 1225 A.D. in Rocca Secca, Naples, Italy - d. Wednesday, March 7, 1274 A.D. in Fossa Nuova, Italy], Doctor of the Church: “Angelic Doctor”, “Common Doctor”; “Summa Theologica”, Part III, Question 82, Article 7, Reply to Objection 3; emphasis added.)



The Priest is also one and the same, Christ the Lord; for the ministers who offer Sacrifice, Consecrate the Holy Mysteries, not in their own person, but in that of Christ [in Persona Christi], as the words of Consecration itself show, for the Priest does not say: ‘This is the body of Christ’, but, ‘This is My body’; and thus, acting in the Person of Christ the Lord, [in Persona Christi] he [The Celebrant of the Holy Mass] changes the substance of the bread and wine into the true substance of His [Christ's] Body and Blood.”  (“The Catechism of the Council of Trent for Parish Priests”, Issued by Order of Pope Saint Pius V, Antonio-Michele Ghislieri [Friday, January 7, 1566 - Monday, May 1, 1572]. Translated by John Ambrose McHugh, O.P., S.T.M., Litt.D., and Charles Jerome Callan, O.P., S.T.M., Litt.D. Imprimatur: +| Patrick Cardinal Joseph Hayes, D.D., [b. at New York, New York on Wednesday, November 20, 1867 - d. at New York, New York on Sunday, September 4, 1938;, Archbishop of New York, Monday, March 10, 1919  - Sunday, September 4, 1938]. Part II, The Sacraments, The Sacrament of the Eucharist, The Mass Is a True Sacrifice, Excellence of the Mass, The Mass Is The Same Sacrifice As That Of The Cross, p. 258; emphasis added.)


The Priest acts in Persona Christi, in the Person of Christ,
Who is the Divine Mediator between the People and Almighty God.


This is similar to a Defense Attorney who acts as a Mediator between his client and the Judge.


The Priest, in the Person of Christ, offers the Sacrifice of the Mass, Jesus Christ, in the State of a Victim, so that the Divine Redeemer can plead for the people, just as a Defense Attorney, who pleads for the client(s) he represents, with his back to his clients, while he faces the Judge, just as the Priest, in Persona Christi, in the Person of Christ, FACES Almighty God at the Holy Altar, on behalf of all those present at his Holy Mass, with his BACK to the Congregation, asking for Mercy for the members of the Congregation whom he, in the Person of Christ, represents before God the Father.  Thus, another reason why the Priest has his back to the Congregation as he FACES Almighty God in the Person of Jesus Christ!

Reason # 6:
Private Masses


NOTE:
No Congreation is Present.
This is an example of how Priests Offered
Private Masses in Seminaries (and elsewhere) before Synod Vatican 2.

Also Note:
Each Priest is FACING the Altar

The Mass Celebrant Faces the Holy Altar because he acts  In Persona Christi, “In the Person of Christ”, because Jesus Christ is the “Mediator between God and men,” in virtue of the Ontological and Metaphysical Essences of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, which Essences make the Mass,.The Mass, without which (sine qua non - without which not) there is no Mass.  Therefore, these Essences are in no way dependent upon the presence and/or absence of any Cngregation, no matter how large or small, which makes the issue of a Congregation totally irrelevant, contrary to the current Demonic:   Heresy of Modernism and the New Theology Heresy!


Subject # 4:
The Holy Communion Rail.
The Holy Communion Rail Encloses Everything
Within the Holy Sanctuary to Guard
The Holy Sanctuary and to Protect It from Profanation

“The [Altar] Railing which guards the Sanctuary and separates the latter from the body [nave] of the church. It is also called the Communion Rail as the Faithful kneel at it when receiving Holy Communion.  It is made of carved wood, metal, marble, or other precious material; it should be about two feet six inches high, and on the upper part from six to nine inches wide. The ‘Rituale Romanum’ (tit. iv, cap. ii, n. I) prescribes that a clean white cloth be extended before those who receive Holy Communion. This cloth is to be of fine linen, as it is solely intended as a sort of Corporal to receive the particles which may by chance fall from the hands of the Priest. It is usually fastened on the Sanctuary side and when in use is drawn over the top of the rail. It should extend the full length of the rail, and be about two feet wide, so that the communicant, taking it in both hands, may hold it under his chin. Its very purpose suggests that it is not to be made of lace or netting, although there is nothing to forbid its having a border of fine lace or embroidery.”  (Rev. Dr. Augustin Joseph Schulte, “Altar Rail”, “The Catholic Encyclopedia”, Imprimatur + John M. Farley, Archbishop of New York, 1907, Volume 1, page 356, Column 1, b; emphasis added.)

The Holy Sanctuary

Only the Ordained Clergy are permitted to be in The Holy Sanctuary.

“In the first place, the Stole is a symbol of the arduous, but at the same time blessed and honorable, ministry exercised in the Sanctuary of the Lord.”  (Ibid., Rev. Dr. Nicholas Gihr, “The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass; Dogmatically, Liturgically and Ascetically Explained”, 29. The Sacerdotal Vestments, page 289; emphasis added.)

Latin survives no longer in the converse of the common people, but in the Sanctuary of the Church.... In the unchangeableness of the Latin for Divine Worship, the Roman Missal appears as an intangible and inviolable Sanctuary, deserving of admiration and profound respect.”  (Ibid., Rev. Dr. Nicholas Gihr, “The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass; Dogmatically, Liturgically and Ascetically Explained”, 32. The Language used in the Celebration of the Holy Mass, pages 323-324; emphasis added.)

“[Footnote] 2. The Priest kisses the Altar each time before turning to the people [in the Nave, i.e. outside of the Sanctuary,  and, with the words Dominus vobiscum, wishing the people to their very face, as it were, the Divine Blessing in a more impressive manner. He would, namely for thus also may this Rite be interpreted not turn to the people, without having previously evinced toward the Sanctuary this reverence, and he would at the same time indicate that all the help and all the Blessings of Grace that he wishes to the people present, must come from the Altar and from our union with the Saviour sacrificing Himself upon it.”  (Ibid., Rev. Dr. Nicholas Gihr, “The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass; Dogmatically, Liturgically and Ascetically Explained”, 39. The Collect, page 411; emphasis added.)

“3. The Priest's Salutation. With hands joined before his breast and with downcast eyes, the Priest with grave and measured step turns (on his right) towards the people [in the Nave]; then, while slowly extending and joining the hands, in the person of those present, he salutes the entire Church with the benediction: Dominus vobiscum, ‘The Lord be with you.’.”  (Ibid., Rev. Dr. Nicholas Gihr, “The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass; Dogmatically, Liturgically and Ascetically Explained”, 39. The Collect, page 411; emphasis added.)

And after that it resounds no more within the hallowed precincts of the Sanctuary, until it is again introduced with a certain solemnity and intoned in the High Mass on the Vigil of the Feast of Easter.”  (Ibid., Rev. Dr. Nicholas Gihr, “The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass; Dogmatically, Liturgically and Ascetically Explained”, 41. The Intermediate Chant, page 457; emphasis added.)

Who performs the Offering? The Priest who acknowledges himself an unworthy servant of God. The Priest is God's servant. The Lord, who ‘raiseth up the needy from the earth, and lifteth up the poor from the dunghill, that He may place him with princes, with the princes of His people.’ (Psalm. 112:7-8), the Lord hath called him [the Priest] into His Sanctuary, that he may serve Him there all the days of his life. But it is especially at the Altar that the Priest is penetrated with a sense of his unworthiness to discharge this honorable and sublime service. The humblest office in the House of God is more exalted than the greatest wordly position. Now when the Priest considers his misery and frailty, his ingratitude and sinfulness, how painfully should he not realize that he is quite unworthy to serve the Most High and, above all, in the most Holy Mystery of the Altar?”  (Ibid., Rev. Dr. Nicholas Gihr, “The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass; Dogmatically, Liturgically and Ascetically Explained”, 47. The Offering of the Host, page 517; emphasis added.)

“All men [i.e. all people:  men and women; and children - of the age of reason] are bound to serve God; but Priests have Consecrated themselves in a very special manner to the service of the Sanctuary. Yet we are not to serve our Lord with servile fear, but with joy and jubilation of heart; for the service of God is not only a duty incumbent upon man, but, moreover, an honor and a happiness for him [the Mass Celebrant - whether a Priest or a Prelate (of whatever rank of ecclesiastical jurisdiction].”  (Ibid., Rev. Dr. Nicholas Gihr, “The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass; Dogmatically, Liturgically and Ascetically Explained”, 58. The Second Prayer of the Canon before the Consecration, page 623; emphasis added.)

“In consequence of this the Pax [Liturgical Kiss of Peace] also began to be imparted in another way, namely, by presenting and kissing the so-called Osculatorium, that is, a small tablet to which was affixed the picture of the Saviour or of a Saint. Later on, however, the general imparting of the Pax ceased and it was, as is the case at present, limited almost entirely to Solemn High Mass, in which only the Clergy assisting in the Sanctuary receive the [Liturgical] Kiss of Peace.”  (Ibid., Rev. Dr. Nicholas Gihr, “The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass; Dogmatically, Liturgically and Ascetically Explained”, 68. The Agnus Dei, the Prayer for Peace and the Kiss of Peace, page 724; emphasis added.)


A Solemn High Mass
Please Note the Communion Rail, the Altar Steps, and the Side Altars Also with Statues
Notice How Ornate the Area Is Above the Holy Altar with a Very Large Crucifix and Statues
Notice the Mass Celebrant, Mass Deacon and Sub-Deacon,
and Only Other Clergy, with the Exception, are in the Sanctuary

Note the ExceptionDue to the lack of sufficient numbers of the Clergy of lower ranks, beginning with Tonsure, boys from about 6th Grade and up, including some adult men, are permitted to function as Mass Servers.  They are the only Laity permitted to be in the Sanctuary.




Brief Video of an Ancient Roman Rite
Traditional Catholic Solemn High Mass
The Consecration of the
Most Precious Blood of Jesus Christ
57 Seconds



Summary:
The Sanctuary and The Nave

The above sources clearly indicate the distinction between the Sanctuary and the Nave.

Section # 2:
A Few Examples of the Holy Communion Rail









Reason # 2:
Holy Communion Administered at The Holy Communion Rail
To the Laity on the Tongue While Kneeling.
 


Holy Communion Administered by Jesus Christ, the Eternal High Priest,
To His Priests and Bishops - The Apostles - Who are Kneeling in Adoration.
Note:  All Bishops were Priests Before they were Consecrated Bishops

Section # 1:
Only a Priest can Administer Holy Communion
 


The dispensing of Christ’s Body belongs [ONLY] to the Priest for three reasons.”

“First, because, as was said above (A[1]), he Consecrates as . in the Person of Christ.  [in Persona Christi]. But as Christ Consecrated His Body at the supper, so also He gave it to others to be partaken of by them. Accordingly, .as the Consecration of Christ's Body belongs.[only].to the Priest, so likewise does the dispensing belong.[only].to him.[the Priest].”

“Secondly, because the Priest is the appointed intermediary between God and the people; hence as it belongs to him to offer the people's gifts to God, so it belongs to him to deliver Consecrated gifts to the people.”

“Thirdly, .because out of reverence towards this Sacrament.[the Holy Eucharist], nothing touches it, but what is Consecrated; hence the Corporal and the Chalice are Consecrated [not merely Blessed], and likewise..the Priest’s hands.[are Consecrated], .for touching this Sacrament. Hence,. it is not lawful for anyone else to touch it, except from necessity, for instance, if it were to fall upon the ground, or else in some other case of [dire] urgency.”  (Saint Thomas Aquinas, O.P., [b. 1225 A.D. in Rocca Secca, Naples, Italy - d. Wednesday, March 7, 1274 A.D. in Fossa Nuova, Italy], Doctor of the Church: “Angelic Doctor”, “Common Doctor”; “Summa Theologica”, Part III, Question 82, Article 3; emphasis added.)

Part # 1:
Photographic Examples





Princess Grace Receiving Holy Communion on Her Tongue
While Kneeling During Her Nuptial Mass







 



The People at the Communion Rail
Kneel Down and place their Hands, folded in Prayer
Under the White Cloth of the Communion Rail
Notice the very humble and respectful demeanor with their heads bowed


People's Communion
Notice that it is ONLY the Priest, the Mass Celebrant
Who Carries the ONE Ciborium with the Consecrated Hosts.
He is accompanied by the Mass Deacon and Sub-Deacon
and also by two Acolytes with buring candles
As they process in dignity to the Communion Rail where
ONLY the Mass Celebrant, the Priest, will Administer the Holy Eucharist


People's Communion
Notice that it is ONLY the Priest, the Mass Celebrant
Who Administers the Holy Eucharist to the Laity who
Are KNEELING at the Communion Rail.

Also notice that the Laity Receive ONLY
The Sacred Consecrated Host on their Tongue
NOT, standing, NOT in their hands,
and NOT the Precious Blood in any Chalice

Also notice that the Mass Deacon holds the Paten under the chin
of each Communicant in case a Sacred Consecrated Host
Accidentally falls, either from the Priest or from the Communicant

Part # 2:
A Brief Video


Brief Video of an Ancient Roman Rite
Traditional Catholic Solemn High Mass
The Celebrant of the Mass Administering
Holy Communion onto the tongue
to the Faithful who are kneeling
at the Holy Communion Rail
1 Minute, 31 Seconds


Subject # 5:
Photos, Videos, and Graphics of Mass Celebrants
With their Backs to the Congregation During  .The Mass

Examples of Photos


Pope Saint Pius X


The Mass.Offered in the 1st Century A.D. in the Catacombs
 


A Nuptial Mass


A Solemn High Mass




A Solemn Pontifical Low Mass Offered During Two Episcopal Consecrations






A Pontifical Low of Mass - Prayers at the Foot of the Altar



Beginning of the Holy Gospel
 


Elevation of the Consecrated Host
 


A Nuptial Mass

Examples  of Videos


Brief Video of an Ancient Roman Rite
Traditional Catholic Solemn High Mass
Beginning of the Creed by the Mass Celebrant
11 Seconds



Brief Video of an Ancient Roman Rite
Traditional Catholic Solemn High Mass
The Consecration of the
Sacred Body of Jesus Christ
53 Seconds



Brief Video of an Ancient Roman Rite
Traditional Catholic Solemn High Mass
The Consecration of the
Most Precious Blood of Jesus Christ
57 Seconds

Examples  of Graphics


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Subject # 6:
Link for YouTube Video of a Solemn High Mass.
 

Solemn High Mass
Celebrant with Assistants
Back to People in the Congregation
Easter Sunday, 1941
Our Lady of Sorrows Church, Chicago, Illinois
Complete Video on YouTube at:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R6AOvStZS64

Complete Video on YouTube at:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R6AOvStZS64


Excerpt # 1:
Some Still Photos from this YouTube Video


Solemn Mass Celebrant with Deacon and Sub-Deacon
and Master of Ceremonies, with backs to Congregation


Prayers at the Foot of the Altar


Solemn Mass Celebrant Incensing the Altar of Sacrifice


Long Before 1941, Many Smaller Hand-Size Missals had all of the Prayers of the Mass
Notice the Latin text is on the left and the English translation on the right
There was no need to Translate the Mass into English for the Congregation
Many Missals for the Laity Already had the English Translation!
Do Not Believe the Blatant Lies of the Heretics and Apostates!

Notice how the Ladies Wore Hats and the Men Wore Suits with Ties
This Type of Modest Clothing Shows Respect for the Sanctity of the Mass
Total Silence of the Laity Was Also a Sign of Respect for Holy Mass


Solemn Mass Celebrant with Deacon and Sub-Deacon
Sitting on the Sedelia while waiting for Choir to Finish
Singing the Gloria (in Latin, of course!)


Incensing the Evangeliaria  (Book of the Gospels)
Before the Deacon Sings the Gospel (in Latin, of course!)


Master of Ceremonies Moving Missal Ribbon
for Celebrant Near Conclusion of Preface


Sanctus Concluded, Celebrant Begins the Canon with the Te Igitur
Deacon Replaces Master of Ceremonies and
Now turns pages of the Missal for the Celebrant
 


Mass Celebrant Prepares for the Double Consecration
All Kneel Except the Mass Celebrant


Boat Carrier puts Incense on the Burning Charcoal
Inside the Thurible as the Thurifer raises the top of the Thurible
In Order for the Thurifer to Incense the Consecrated Host
During the Elevation of the Consecrated Host by the Celebrant
In Order for Everyone Who is Present to Adore the Consecrated Host


Mass Celebrant Consecrates the Host, Saying:
.

HOC EST ENIM
CORPUS MEUM. 
FOR THIS IS
MY BODY.

Reply to Objection 3The Priest, in reciting the prayers of the Mass, speaks in the Person of the Church [in Persona Ecclesiæ], in whose unity he remains. But, in Consecrating the Sacrament [of the Most Holy Eucharist], he speaks in the Person of Christ [in Persona Christi], Whose place he holds by the power of his Orders.”  (Saint Thomas Aquinas, O.P., [b. 1225 A.D. in Rocca Secca, Naples, Italy - d. Wednesday, March 7, 1274 A.D. in Fossa Nuova, Italy], Doctor of the Church: “Angelic Doctor”, “Common Doctor”; “Summa Theologica”, Part III, Question 82, Article 7, Reply to Objection 3; emphasis added.)

The Priest is also one and the same, Christ the Lord; for the ministers who offer Sacrifice, Consecrate the Holy Mysteries, not in their own person, but in that of Christ [in Persona Christi], as the words of Consecration itself show, for the Priest does not say: ‘This is the body of Christ’, but, ‘This is My body’; and thus, acting in the Person of Christ the Lord, [in Persona Christi] he [The Celebrant of the Holy Mass] changes the substance of the bread and wine into the true substance of His [Christ's] Body and Blood.”  (“The Catechism of the Council of Trent for Parish Priests”, Issued by Order of Pope Saint Pius V, Antonio-Michele Ghislieri [Friday, January 7, 1566 - Monday, May 1, 1572]. Translated by John Ambrose McHugh, O.P., S.T.M., Litt.D., and Charles Jerome Callan, O.P., S.T.M., Litt.D. Imprimatur: +| Patrick Cardinal Joseph Hayes, D.D., [b. at New York, New York on Wednesday, November 20, 1867 - d. at New York, New York on Sunday, September 4, 1938;, Archbishop of New York, Monday, March 10, 1919  - Sunday, September 4, 1938]. Part II, The Sacraments, The Sacrament of the Eucharist, The Mass Is a True Sacrifice, Excellence of the Mass, The Mass Is The Same Sacrifice As That Of The Cross, p. 258; emphasis added.)


Mass Celebrant Genuflects to Adore the Consecrated Body of Christ


Mass Celebrant Elevates
The Consecrated Body of Christ for All to Adore


Mass Celebrant Continues to Elevate
The Consecrated Body of Christ for All to Adore


Mass Celebrant Consecrates the Wine in the Chalice, Saying:
.

HIC EST ENIM 
CALIX SANGUINIS MEI,
NOVI ET AETERNI TESTAMENTI:
MYSTERIUM FIDEI:
QUI PRO VOBIS
ET PRO MULTIS
EFFUNDETUR IN
REMISSIONEM PECCATORUM.
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.

The Priest is also one and the same, Christ the Lord; for the ministers who offer Sacrifice, Consecrate the Holy Mysteries, not in their own person, but in that of Christ [in Persona Christi], as the words of Consecration itself show, for the Priest does not say: ‘This is the body of Christ’, but, ‘This is My body’; and thus, acting in the Person of Christ the Lord, [in Persona Christi] he [The Celebrant of the Holy Mass] changes the substance of the bread and wine into the true substance of His [Christ's] Body and Blood.”  (“The Catechism of the Council of Trent for Parish Priests”, Issued by Order of Pope Saint Pius V, Antonio-Michele Ghislieri [Friday, January 7, 1566 - Monday, May 1, 1572]. Translated by John Ambrose McHugh, O.P., S.T.M., Litt.D., and Charles Jerome Callan, O.P., S.T.M., Litt.D. Imprimatur: +| Patrick Cardinal Joseph Hayes, D.D., [b. at New York, New York on Wednesday, November 20, 1867 - d. at New York, New York on Sunday, September 4, 1938;, Archbishop of New York, Monday, March 10, 1919  - Sunday, September 4, 1938]. Part II, The Sacraments, The Sacrament of the Eucharist, The Mass Is a True Sacrifice, Excellence of the Mass, The Mass Is The Same Sacrifice As That Of The Cross, p. 258; emphasis added.)


Mass Celebrant Genuflects to Adore
The Consecrated Precious Blood of Christ in the Chalice


Mass Celebrant Prepares to Elevate the Chalice which Contains
The Consecrated Precious Blood of Christ for All to Adore


Mass Celebrant Elevates the Chalice which Contains
The Consecrated Precious Blood of Christ for All to Adore


Mass Choir Boys Singing


Minor Elevation of the Sacred Species by the Mass Celebrant


Mass Celebrant Sings the Pater Noster (The Our Father)


Agnus Dei


Liturgical Kiss of Peace
1.  Celebrant and Deacon first Bow to each other
2.  Hands on the upper arms


3.  Heads slightly tilted towards the Right, but not touching the head of the other
4.  Heads slightly tilted towards the Left, but not touching the head of the other
5. Last Bow to each other


Liturgical Kiss of Peace
Same Procedure Followed for all Others, except the Left side not done

The Laity Merely Stand to Receive the Liturgical Kiss of Peace
From the Master of Ceremonies who goes to the twin doors of the Communion Rail
He Stands, Facing the Congregation
The Laity arise from kneeling, stand, and say nothing
The Master of Ceremonies bows towards the Laity
After the Master of Ceremonies bows the second time,
He returns towards the Altar
The Laity then return to their kneeling position

NOTE:
There is no Physical Kissing with the Lips
There is no Hand Shaking


Preparation for Holy Communion
Domine non sum Dignus
O Lord, I am not Worthy


Communion of the Priest, the Mass Celebrant


The Priest, the Mass Celebrant,
Receives the Sacred Body of Christ


The Priest, the Mass Celebrant,
Drinks the Most Precious Blood of Christ from the Chalice


Deacon of the Mass Removes the Ciborium from the Tabernacle
Notice the White Cloth over the Ciborium which means
It contains Consecrated Hosts from a Previous Mass


Deacon and Sub-Deacon walk to the opposite sides of the Altar
There to Chant the Confiteor in Preparation for Holy Communion


Deacon and Sub-Deacon Chant the Confiteor


After the Confiteor, the Priest - Mass Celebrant
Gives His Blessing on All Present


The Priest - Mass Celebrant
Holds a small host from and above the Ciborium as he says:
Domine non sum Dignus
O Lord, I am not Worthy
This is one of the few times when
The Priest - Mass Celebrant - Faces the People in the Congregation


During the Domine non sum Dignus
The People in the Congregation now quietly and respectfully
Walk up to the Communion Rail


The People at the Communion Rail
Kneel Down and place their Hands, folded in Prayer
Under the White Cloth of the Communion Rail
Notice the very humble and respectful demeanor with their heads bowed


People's Communion
Notice that it is ONLY the Priest, the Mass Celebrant
Who Carries the ONE Ciborium with the Consecrated Hosts.
He is accompanied by the Mass Deacon and Sub-Deacon
and also by two Acolytes with buring candles
As they process in dignity to the Communion Rail where
ONLY the Mass Celebrant, the Priest, will Administer the Holy Eucharist


The dispensing of Christ’s Body belongs [ONLY] to the Priest for three reasons.”

“First, because, as was said above (A[1]), he Consecrates as . in the Person of Christ.  [in Persona Christi]. But as Christ Consecrated His Body at the supper, so also He gave it to others to be partaken of by them. Accordingly, .as the Consecration of Christ's Body belongs.[only].to the Priest, so likewise does the dispensing belong.[only].to him.[the Priest].”

“Secondly, because the Priest is the appointed intermediary between God and the people; hence as it belongs to him to offer the people's gifts to God, so it belongs to him to deliver Consecrated gifts to the people.”

“Thirdly, .because out of reverence towards this Sacrament.[the Holy Eucharist], nothing touches it, but what is Consecrated; hence the Corporal and the Chalice are Consecrated [not merely Blessed], and likewise..the Priest’s hands.[are Consecrated], .for touching this Sacrament. Hence,. it is not lawful for anyone else to touch it, except from necessity, for instance, if it were to fall upon the ground, or else in some other case of [dire] urgency.”  (Saint Thomas Aquinas, O.P., [b. 1225 A.D. in Rocca Secca, Naples, Italy - d. Wednesday, March 7, 1274 A.D. in Fossa Nuova, Italy], Doctor of the Church: “Angelic Doctor”, “Common Doctor”; “Summa Theologica”, Part III, Question 82, Article 3; emphasis added.)



People's Communion
Notice that it is ONLY the Priest, the Mass Celebrant
Who Administers the Holy Eucharist to the Laity who
Are KNEELING at the Communion Rail.

Also notice that the Laity Receive ONLY
The Sacred Consecrated Host on their Tongue
NOT, standing, NOT in their hands,
and NOT the Precious Blood in any Chalice

Also notice that the Mass Deacon holds the Paten under the chin
of each Communicant in case a Sacred Consecrated Host
Accidentally falls, either from the Priest or from the Communicant


Notice that as the Mass Celebrant bows down to kiss the Altar,
The Sub-Deacon of the Mass is inserting the Corporal,
which he just folded, inside of the opened Chalice Burse
The Chalice Burse is then set on the top of the Chalice
After the Sub-Deacon covers the Chalice with the Chalice Veil


The Deacon of the Mass turns and faces the Congregation
As he Sings Ite, Missa Est

Note:  Most Catholics think this means they are now dismissedThis is NOT True, not only because the Priest still must still give his Last Blessing, after which the Priest then reads the Last Gospel at the Gospel side of the Altar, but also because  Ite, Missa Est does NOT mean:  "Go, you are dismissed."!

On the Contrary:

“The Deacon on festival days dismisses the people at the end of the Mass, by saying: Ite, [Go,] Missa est, that is, the Victim [of the Mass, i.e. Christ] has been sent [Missa est] to God through the Angel, so that it may be accepted by God.” (Saint Thomas Aquinas, O.P. [b. 1225 A.D. in Rocca Secca, Naples, Italy - d. Wednesday, March 7, 1274 A.D., in Fossa Nuova, Italy], Doctor of the Church, Summa Theologica, Part III, Question 83, Article 4, Reply to Objection 9).

In other words, the correct theological translation of Ite, Missa est in English is: “Go, the Victim [i.e. Christ] has been sent [Missa est] to God through the hands of His Holy Angel [perhaps Saint Michael the Archangel?] so that the Infinite, Perfect Victim [i.e. Christ] may be accepted by God on the Holy Golden Altar in Heaven.”

One does not find any reference to Christ as the Victim of the Sacrifice in the NEW mass because the NEW mass is NOT a mystical unbloody renewal of the Sacrifice of Christ on the Cross - the Clean Oblation.

“For, having celebrated the ancient Passover...He instituted the New Passover (to wit) Himself to be immolated under visible signs by the Church through (the ministry of) Priests...this is indeed that Clean Oblation...which the Lord foretold by Malachias was to be offered in every place, clean to his name, which was to be great amongst the Gentiles...that oblation which was prefigured by various types of sacrifices, during the period of nature, and of the [Old] Law; in as much as it comprises all the good things signified by those sacrifices, as being the consummation and perfection of them all” (Roman Catholic Council of Trent, Session 22, Monday, September 17, 1562, On the Sacrifice of the Mass, Chapter 1, On the Institution of the Most Holy Sacrifice of the Mass).


The Last Gospel is Recited by the Priest, the Mass Celebrant

Many Catholics wonder WHY is there a Last Gospel?

Please click on this link for the answer to this perplexing question: Last Gospel


Explanation # 1:
An Explanation of the Liturgical Kiss of Peace
 


Liturgical Kiss of Peace
1.  Celebrant and Deacon first Bow to each other
2.  Hands on the upper arms


3.  Heads slightly tilted towards the Right, but not touching the head of the other
4.  Heads slightly tilted towards the Left, but not touching the head of the other
5. Last Bow to each other


Liturgical Kiss of Peace

The same procedure is followed for all others, except the left side not done.

The Laity Merely Stand to Receive the Liturgical Kiss of Peace from the Master of Ceremonies who goes to the twin doors of the Communion Rail.  He Stands, Facing the Congregation.  The Laity arise from kneeling, stand, and say nothing.  The Master of Ceremonies bows towards the Laity.  After the Master of Ceremonies bows the second time, he returns towards the Altar.  The Laity then return to their kneeling position.

NOTE:
There is no Physical Kissing with the Lips
There is no Hand Shaking


Explanation # 2:
Only the Priest Can Administer Holy Communion
.

Only the Priest Can Administer Holy Communion




Brief Video of an Ancient Roman Rite
Traditional Catholic Solemn High Mass
The Celebrant of the Mass Administering
Holy Communion onto the tongue
to the Faithful who are kneeling
at the Holy Communion Rail
1 Minute, 31 Seconds


People's Communion
Notice that it is ONLY the Priest, the Mass Celebrant
Who Administers the Holy Eucharist to the Laity who
Are KNEELING at the Communion Rail.


The dispensing of Christ’s Body belongs [ONLY] to the Priest for three reasons.”

“First, because, as was said above (A[1]), he Consecrates as . in the Person of Christ.  [in Persona Christi]. But as Christ Consecrated His Body at the supper, so also He gave it to others to be partaken of by them. Accordingly, .as the Consecration of Christ's Body belongs.[only].to the Priest, so likewise does the dispensing belong.[only].to him.[the Priest].”

“Secondly, because the Priest is the appointed intermediary between God and the people; hence as it belongs to him to offer the people's gifts to God, so it belongs to him to deliver Consecrated gifts to the people.”

“Thirdly, .because out of reverence towards this Sacrament.[the Holy Eucharist], nothing touches it, but what is Consecrated; hence the Corporal and the Chalice are Consecrated [not merely Blessed], and likewise..the Priest’s hands.[are Consecrated], .for touching this Sacrament. Hence,. it is not lawful for anyone else to touch it, except from necessity, for instance, if it were to fall upon the ground, or else in some other case of [dire] urgency.”  (Saint Thomas Aquinas, O.P., [b. 1225 A.D. in Rocca Secca, Naples, Italy - d. Wednesday, March 7, 1274 A.D. in Fossa Nuova, Italy], Doctor of the Church: “Angelic Doctor”, “Common Doctor”; “Summa Theologica”, Part III, Question 82, Article 3; emphasis added.)


Explanation # 3:
 The fact that the Laity Receive ONLY the Sacred Host on their Tongue
While Kneeling, NOT Standing, and NOT in their Hands.
The fact that only the Priest drinks the Most Precious Blood in his Chalice.

“The [Altar] Railing which guards the Sanctuary and separates the latter from the body [nave] of the church. It is also called the Communion Rail as the Faithful kneel at it when receiving Holy Communion.  It is made of carved wood, metal, marble, or other precious material; it should be about two feet six inches high, and on the upper part from six to nine inches wide. The ‘Rituale Romanum’ (tit. iv, cap. ii, n. I) prescribes that a clean white cloth be extended before those who receive Holy Communion. This cloth is to be of fine linen, as it is solely intended as a sort of Corporal to receive the particles which may by chance fall from the hands of the Priest. It is usually fastened on the Sanctuary side and when in use is drawn over the top of the rail. It should extend the full length of the rail, and be about two feet wide, so that the communicant, taking it in both hands, may hold it under his chin. Its very purpose suggests that it is not to be made of lace or netting, although there is nothing to forbid its having a border of fine lace or embroidery.”  (Rev. Dr. Augustin Joseph Schulte, “Altar Rail”, “The Catholic Encyclopedia”, Imprimatur + John M. Farley, Archbishop of New York, 1907, Volume 1, page 356, Column 1, b; emphasis added.)
 

Explanation # 4:
Why
Ite, Missa Est
Does NOT mean:
"Go, you are dismissed."!


The Deacon of the Mass turns and faces the Congregation
As he Sings Ite, Missa Est

Note:  Most Catholics think this means they are now dismissedThis is NOT True, not only because the Priest still must still give his Last Blessing, after which the Priest then reads the Last Gospel at the Gospel side of the Altar, but also because  Ite, Missa Est does NOT mean:  "Go, you are dismissed."!

On the Contrary:

“The Deacon on festival days dismisses the people at the end of the Mass, by saying: Ite, [Go,] Missa est, that is, the Victim [of the Mass, i.e. Christ] has been sent [Missa est] to God through the Angel, so that it may be accepted by God.” (Saint Thomas Aquinas, O.P. [b. 1225 A.D. in Rocca Secca, Naples, Italy - d. Wednesday, March 7, 1274 A.D., in Fossa Nuova, Italy], Doctor of the Church, Summa Theologica, Part III, Question 83, Article 4, Reply to Objection 9).

In other words, the correct theological translation of Ite, Missa est in English is: “Go, the Victim [i.e. Christ] has been sent [Missa est] to God through the hands of His Holy Angel [perhaps Saint Michael the Archangel?] so that the Infinite, Perfect Victim [i.e. Christ] may be accepted by God on the Holy Golden Altar in Heaven.”

One does not find any reference to Christ as the Victim of the Sacrifice in the NEW mass because the NEW mass is NOT a mystical unbloody renewal of the Sacrifice of Christ on the Cross - the Clean Oblation.

“For, having celebrated the ancient Passover...He instituted the New Passover (to wit) Himself to be immolated under visible signs by the Church through (the ministry of) Priests...this is indeed that Clean Oblation...which the Lord foretold by Malachias was to be offered in every place, clean to his name, which was to be great amongst the Gentiles...that oblation which was prefigured by various types of sacrifices, during the period of nature, and of the [Old] Law; in as much as it comprises all the good things signified by those sacrifices, as being the consummation and perfection of them all” (Roman Catholic Council of Trent, Session 22, Monday, September 17, 1562, On the Sacrifice of the Mass, Chapter 1, On the Institution of the Most Holy Sacrifice of the Mass).

Explanation # 5:
Why there is A Last Gospel.


The Last Gospel is Recited by the Priest, the Mass Celebrant

Many Catholics wonder WHY is there a Last Gospel?

Please click on this link for the answer to this perplexing question: Last Gospel
.

Subject # 7:

A Very Brief Video Comparison Between
The Traditional Catholic Mass, , a.k.a., The Mass,
and The Novus Ordo Missae (NEW mass)


Please Click on this Link for
A Very Brief Video Comparison Between
The Traditional Catholic Mass
and
The Novus Ordo Missae (NEW mass)



Please Note:

In the NEW mass:


The Masked Man NEW NOR (Novus Ordo Rite) mess!
Even Judas Never Did This!
.




NOR mass with Liturgical Dancers
7 Seconds



NOR Circus Professional Snake Act mass
18 Seconds



NOR Circus Professional Acrobat mass
8 Seconds


NOR Circus Professional Dancers mass
4 Seconds




Irreverant Procession on Roller Skates
7 Seconds



NOR Circus mass priest playing music
6 Seconds

The Priest's position is minimized, changed and falsified.
The part of the Priest has vanished.


“46. The Priest's position is minimized, changed and falsified. Firstly in relation to the people for whom he is, for the most part, a mere President, or brother, instead of the consecrated minister celebrating in persona Christi [in the Person of Christ]. Secondly in relation to the Church, as a “quidam de populo” [someone taken from the people]. In the definition of the epiclesis, the invocations are attributed anonymously to the Church. <43>The part of the Priest has vanished.”  (“The Critical Study of the New Order of Mass”, a.k.a., The Ottaviani Intervention, Thursday, June 5, 1969, by s Group of Roman Theologians, SUMMARY, V. Presentation of the four elements of the Sacrifice.)

Subject # 8:
Links for:
The Traditional Catholic Mass, , a.k.a., .The Mass

For those of you who sincerely  and  honestly  want more information about what.The Traditional Catholic Mass, a.k.a., .The Mass, is, We refer you to the following two free books found on the internet which provide the unchangeable Dogmatic Truths, in their respective sections, on.The Traditional Catholic Mass, a.k.a., .The Mass, by the Infallible Roman Catholic Council of Trent:

1. Catechism of the Council of Trent.  Translated into English by Fathers McHugh and Callan:   http://www.eclipseofthechurch.com/Library/catechism_of_trent.pdf

2. Rev. James Waterworth, “The Canons and Decrees of the Sacred and Œcumenical Council of Trent, Celebrated under the Sovereign Pontiffs, Paul III, Julius III and Pius IV”, (1848).
https://ia600407.us.archive.org/22/items/cu31924029369760/cu31924029369760.pdf

For those of you who sincerely  and honestly  want to know the Truth about some of the changes to .The Traditional Catholic Mass, a.k.a., .The Mass, which also include some prophecies, etc., We respectfully suggest that you go to the following web pages on this web site:
http://www.traditionalcatholicmass.com/home-m14.html

http://www.traditionalcatholicmass.com/home-m15.html

http://www.traditionalcatholicmass.com/home-m16.html

http://www.traditionalcatholicmass.com/home-m17.html

http://www.traditionalcatholicmass.com/home-m26.html

http://www.traditionalcatholicmass.com/home-m31.html

http://www.traditionalcatholicmass.com/home-m32.html

http://www.traditionalcatholicmass.com/home-m50.html

http://www.traditionalcatholicmass.com/home-m61.html

http://www.traditionalcatholicmass.com/home-m70.html

http://www.traditionalcatholicmass.com/home-m110.html

http://www.traditionalcatholicmass.com/home-m135.html

http://www.traditionalcatholicmass.com/home-m153.html

http://www.traditionalcatholicmass.com/home-m126.html

http://www.traditionalcatholicmass.com/home-m-433.html

For those of you who sincerely  and honestly  want to know the Truth about the Heresy of Modernism and the NEW Theology Heresy, both of which were used as the basis upon which to try to destroy .The Traditional Catholic Mass, a.k.a., .The Mass, We respectfully suggest that you go to the following web pages on this web site:
http://www.traditionalcatholicmass.com/home-m25.html

http://www.traditionalcatholicmass.com/home-m107.html

http://www.traditionalcatholicmass.com/home-m109.html

http://www.traditionalcatholicmass.com/home-m120.html

For those of you who sincerely  and honestly  want to quickly review some of the changes to .The Mass, We respectfully suggest that you go to the following web page on this web site:
http://www.traditionalcatholicmass.com/home-m9.html
Subject # 9:
Conclusion
The Blessing, etc.




The Blessing
V. Sit + Nomen Domini benedictum.
R. Ex hoc nunc, et usque in saeculum.
V. Adjutorium nostrum in
Nomine Domini.
R. Qui fecit cœlum et terram.
V. Benedicat vos, Omnipotens Deus:
V. Pa + ter, et Fi + lius, et Spiritus + Sanctus, descendat super vos, et maneat semper.
R. Amen.
V. Blessed + be the Name of the Lord.
R. Now and for ever more.x
V. Our help is in the Name of the Lord.
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R. Who made Heaven and earth.
V. May Almighty God Bless thee:x
V. The Fa + ther, the + Son, and the Holy + Ghost, descend upon thee, and always remain with thee.
R. Amen.

Our Blessed Mother asks Catholics to
Pray her Traditional Rosary daily.
The Rosary will really make a
Powerful difference in Your Life!


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Blessed are the Merciful:
for they shall obtain Mercy.”
(Matthew 5:7)
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Regarding the Poor Souls In Purgatory

http://www.traditionalcatholicmass.com/home-m500.html

The Memorare
 
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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