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The Epistle appointed to be read during the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass today is taken from Saint Paul’s Epistle to the Hebrews, Chapter 9, Verses 11-15.
Brethren: Christ, being come an High Priest of the good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle not made with hand, that is, not of this creation: Neither by the blood of goats, or of calves, but by His own Blood, entered once into the Holies, having obtained eternal redemption. For if the blood of goats and of oxen, and the ashes of an heifer being sprinkled, sanctify such as are defiled, to the cleansing of the flesh: How much more shall the Blood of Christ, Who by the Holy Ghost offered Himself unspotted unto God, cleanse our conscience from dead works, to serve the living God? And therefore He is the Mediator of the New Testament: that by means of His death, for the redemption of those transgressions, which were under the former [Old] Testament, they that are called may receive the promise of eternal inheritance, in Christ Jesus, Our Lord.
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Please stand for the Holy Gospel.
The Gospel appointed to be read during the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass today is taken from the Holy Gospel of Saint John, Chapter 8, Verses 46-59.
At that time, Jesus said to the crowds of the Jews: Which of you shall convince me of sin? If I say the Truth to you, why do you not believe Me? He that is of God, heareth the words of God. Therefore you hear them not, because you are not of God.
The Jews therefore answered, and said to Him: Do not we say well that thou art a Samaritan, and hast a devil? Jesus answered: I have not a devil: but I honour My Father, and you have dishonoured Me. But I seek not My own glory: there is One that seeketh and judgeth. Amen, amen I say to you: If any man keep My word, he shall not see death for ever.
The Jews therefore said: Now we know that Thou hast a devil. Abraham is dead, and the prophets; and Thou sayest: “If any man keep My word, he shall not taste death for ever.” Art Thou greater than our Father Abraham, who is dead? and the prophets are dead. Whom dost Thou make Thyself?
Jesus answered: If I glorify Myself, My glory is nothing. It is My Father that glorifieth Me, of Whom you say that He is your God. And you have not known Him, but I know Him. And if I shall say that I know Him not, I shall be like to you, a liar. But I do know Him, and do keep His word. Abraham your Father rejoiced that He might see my day: he saw it, and was glad. The Jews therefore said to Him: Thou art not yet fifty years old, and hast Thou seen Abraham? Jesus said to them: Amen, amen I say to you, before Abraham was made, I am. They took up stones therefore to cast at Him. But Jesus hid Himself, and went out of the temple.
Thus far are the words of today's Holy Gospel. Please be seated.
“We therefore confess that the Sacrifice of the Mass is and ought to be considered one and the same Sacrifice as that of the Cross, for the Victim is one and the same, namely, Christ our Lord, Who offered Himself, once only, a Bloody Sacrifice on the Altar of the Cross. The Bloody and Unbloody Victim are not two, but One Victim only, Whose Sacrifice is daily renewed in the Eucharist, in obedience to the command of our Lord: Do this for a commemoration of Me. [Luke 22:19]. (Catechism of the Council of Trent for Parish Priests, Issued by order of Pope Pius V, Translated by John A. McHugh, O.P. and Charles J. Callan, O.P., Part II: The Sacraments, the Sacrament of the Eucharist, Excellence of the Mass, The Mass Is The Same Sacrifice As That Of The Cross).Unfortunately, the Catechism of the Council of Trent for Parish Priests failed to quote the Scripture verbatim, because, referring to Christ our Lord, Saint Paul wrote: “Who, by the Holy Ghost, offered Himself”.
of the Council of Trent for Parish Priests says only: “Who offered
leaving out the phrase “by the Holy Ghost”.
At first read, this might seem like an unimportant oversight. But the parenthetical phrase “by the Holy Ghost” is extremely important for two reasons.
First, it refers to:
“Christ our Lord”,Second, it refers to:
“Who, by the Holy Ghost, offered Himself”
“once only, a Bloody Sacrifice on the Altar of the Cross”.
“Christ our Lord”,and
“Who, by the Holy Ghost, offered Himself”
“Whose Sacrifice is daily renewed in the Eucharist”because
“the Sacrifice of the Mass is and ought to be considered one and the same Sacrifice as that of the Cross, for the Victim is one and the same, namely, Christ our Lord.”The primary question today is exactly HOW “Christ our Lord” offers Himself “by the Holy Ghost”
“the Victim is one and the same, the Same now offering by the ministry of Priests, Who then offered Himself on the cross, the manner alone of offering being different.” (Council of Trent, Canons and Decrees, Session 22, September 17, 1562 A.D., Doctrine on the Sacrifice of the Mass, Chapter II, That the Sacrifice of the Mass is propitiatory both for the living and the dead).Liturgically, the answer is found, not during the Canon of the Mass at the moment of the Double Consecration, but rather during the Offertory of the Mass at what is called the Epiklesis which anticipates and prepares for the Double Consecration.
Theologically, what is called the Metaphysical Essence of the Mass effects the Epiklesis (Greek - Epiklesis = “invocation”) during the Veni, Sanctificator just before the Prayer at the Washing of the Hands.
The prayer the Mass Celebrant says, which is found in the pre-1944 A.D. Roman Catholic Missale Romanum - the Veni, Sanctificator [Come, O Sanctifier] - invokes God the Holy Ghost to effect the Transubstantiation in the Canon, saying: “Come, O Sanctifier, Almighty, Eternal God, and Bless this Sacrifice prepared for Thy Holy Name.” This Invocation is simple, yet expressive and majestic, invoking God the Holy Ghost to Bless, and thus to change, the Sacrificial Elements.
That this Invocation is directed to God the Holy Ghost is beyond doubt because He is called the Sanctifier in the language of the Catholic Church to distinguish Him from God the Father and also from God the Son, because the imparting of all Sanctifying Graces and Charismatical Gifts belongs to Him and is ascribed to God the Holy Ghost.
From this prayer - the Veni, Sanctificator [Come, O Sanctifier] - it is clearly evident that up to this moment in the Catholic Traditional Rite of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass as it was before all of the invalid and illegal changes by the infiltrators into the Roman Catholic Church, the Sacrifice has been only “prepared”.
So, what this prayer - the Veni, Sanctificator [Come, O Sanctifier] - does, is that it implores the Blessing of God the Holy Ghost over the gifts of bread and wine, the Oblata as they are called.
To understand this petition, three questions must be answered:
1) What does Bless mean in general?
2) What Blessing is here asked?
3) Why is this Blessing expected only from God the Holy Ghost?
Bless means to speak well, to say what is good. This is done in many ways.
1) If one already possesses the good that is said of him, then Bless means to exalt, to magnify, to praise, to glorify the possessor.
2) If one does not as yet possess the good, but if the speaker by his words wishes to procure it for him or to give it to him, then Bless means speaking well for someone, wishing him something good, Blessing him.
The Blessing word of God is efficacious and all-powerful. It infallibly imparts good to the creature.
The Liturgical Blessing of the Catholic Church is never without fruit - it is a “good wish imparting sanctification and good gifts” because Christ has commissioned her with full power to Bless.
In the Epiklesis, God the Holy Ghost is invoked to Bless the Oblata.
No higher Blessing can be imparted to the gifts prepared than that they be Consecrated, that is, Transubstantiated - changed into the Body and Blood of Christ - by the power of God the Holy Ghost.
The material elements of the Sacrifice receive the most perfect Blessing because they become Christ’s Body and Blood offered in Sacrifice which are sources of Blessing, that is, of life and salvation to us.
Finally, why is God the Holy Ghost the One invoked to change the material elements by His Almighty Blessing?
The answer is found in the analogy between the Consecration and the Incarnation.
There is a close similarity between:
1) The Mystery of the Consecration of the Body and Blood of Christ on the Altar,
2) The Mystery of the Incarnation of Christ in the Spouse of God the Holy Ghost, the Blessed Virgin Mary.
The Incarnation is, in a certain manner, renewed in the Eucharistic Consecration at every Mass.
For this reason, the Miracles of the Incarnation and of the Consecration are ascribed to the efficacy of God the Holy Ghost because both are Mysteries which have a special resemblance to the special character of God the Holy Ghost Who is personal love and sanctity.
Although all three Divine Persons accomplish the Act of Consecration, yet it is ascribed to the power of God the Holy Ghost, just as it is said in the Creed, that the Son of God: “became Incarnate by the Holy Ghost, of the Virgin Mary”.
Thus, by the Epiklesis, the Catholic Church invokes God the Holy Ghost to change the inanimate elements of bread and wine into Christ’s real Body and Blood, which change is called Transubstantiation and which is anticipated at the invocation of God the Holy Ghost in the Epiklesis.
“It can neither profit me, the speaker, to speak, nor you, the hearers, to hear, unless we comply with the things which are spoken, ...so let us not limit the display of our zeal to hearing only, but let us observe what is said in our deeds. For it is indeed a good thing to spend time continually in hearing the Divine oracles: but this good thing becomes useless when the benefit to be derived from hearing is not linked with it.” (Patriarch Saint John Chrysostom [b. Antioch, c. 347 A.D. - d. at Commana in Pontus on Friday, September 14, 407 A.D.], Patriarch of Constantinople [Thursday, February 26, 398 A.D. - Thursday, June 24, 404 A.D.], exiled from his See the 2nd time on Thursday, June 24, 404 A.D., Father and Doctor of the Catholic Church. Sermon on Romans 12:20; emphasis added.)
Let us now review our resolutions:
For our resolutions, let all of us, by the Grace of God, firmly resolve to pray for a much greater knowledge and understanding of the Holy Mysteries of our Holy Catholic Faith, including the Holy Mysteries found in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, most especially the Holy Mysteries of the work of God the Holy Ghost in the Epiklesis.
So also, let each of us resolve, with God’s Graces, to pray for a much greater appreciation of, and a tremendous gratitude for, the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass which was perfectly instituted by God the Son, Jesus Christ, as the Eternal High Priest, at Whose Incarnation He came as the “High Priest of the good things to come.” [Hebrews 9:11], which Office of High Priest He used when He perfectly instituted the New and Eternal Testament upon the rock of the Infinite Most Precious Blood of Himself in the Holy Sacrifice [NOT a memorial supper meal] of the Mass, functioning as the Eternal Divine Logos - Jesus Christ - the Eternal High Priest, the unchangeable Holy Sacrifice of the Mass being the perfect, unchangeable, Blood Covenant of this New and Eternal Testament.
It is unchangeable because of its very nature of being DIVINE and also being ETERNAL - "eternity" being defined as "the ever-present NOW" which admits of no change.
Therefore, Jesus Christ, the Eternal High Priest, NEVER gave ANYONE any power, authority, and/or jurisdiction to change, to modify, to add to, to delete or to omit anything from, the Infinite Divine Institution of the Holy Sacrifice of the Catholic Rite of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.
This is why the Angelic Doctor teaches: “Since, therefore, the sanctification of man is in the power of God Who sanctifies, it is not for man to decide what things should be used for his sanctification, but this should be determined by Divine institution.” (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 60, Article 5, Body).
Hence, all Catholics need to thank each Person of the Holy Trinity for the institution of the perfect Liturgical Rite for the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, and most especially God the Son, Jesus Christ, the Eternal High Priest.
“How much more shall the Blood of Christ, Who, by the Holy Ghost, offered Himself unspotted unto God, cleanse our conscience from dead works, to serve the living God?” (EPISTLE - Hebrews 9:14).
In the Name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Ghost. Amen.
V. Sit + Nomen Domini benedictum. R. Ex hoc nunc, et usque in saeculum. V. Adjutorium nostrum in
R. Qui fecit cślum 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.
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.
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