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The Epistle appointed to be read during the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass today is taken from the Second Epistle of Saint Paul to the Corinthians, Chapter 3, Verses 4 to 9.
Such confidence We have, through Christ, towards God. Not that We are sufficient to think any thing of Ourselves, as of Ourselves: but our sufficiency is from God. Who also hath made Us fit ministers of the New Testament, not in the letter, but in the spirit. For the letter killeth, but the spirit quickeneth.
Now if the ministration of death, engraven with letters upon stones, was glorious; so that the children of Israel could not steadfastly behold the face of Moses, for the glory of his countenance, which is made void: How shall not the ministration of the spirit be rather in glory? For if the ministration of condemnation be glory, much more the ministration of justice aboundeth in glory.
Please stand for the Holy Gospel.
The Gospel for today is taken from the Holy Gospel of Saint Luke, Chapter 10, Verses 23-37.
At that time Jesus said to His Apostles:
Blessed are the eyes that see the things which you see. For I say to you, that many prophets and kings have desired to see the things that you see, and have not seen them; and to hear the things that you hear, and have not heard them.And behold a certain lawyer stood up, tempting Him, and saying,
Master, what must I do to possess eternal life?But He said to him:
What is written in the law? how readest thou?He answering, said:
Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with thy whole heart, and with thy whole soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind: and thy neighbour as thyself.And He said to him:
Thou hast answered right: this do, and thou shalt live.But he willing to justify himself, said to Jesus:
And who is my neighbour?And Jesus answering, said:
A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among robbers, who also stripped him, and having wounded him went away, leaving him half dead. And it chanced, that a certain priest went down the same way: and seeing him, passed by. In like manner also a Levite, when he was near the place and saw him, passed by.But he said:
But a certain Samaritan being on his journey, came near him; and seeing him, was moved with compassion. And going up to him, bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and wine: and setting him upon his own beast, brought him to an inn, and took care of him.
And the next day he took out two pence, and gave to the host, and said: 'Take care of him; and whatsoever thou shalt spend over and above, I, at my return, will repay thee.'
Which of these three, in thy opinion, was neighbour to him that fell among the robbers?
He that shewed mercy to him.And Jesus said to him:
Go, and do thou in like manner.
In the Name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Ghost. Amen.
by our participation in the partaking of this Sacred Mystery?“This Sacred Mystery”, of course, refers to the Transubstantiated species effected during the Double Consecration of the Holy Sacrifice of the unchangeable Traditional Catholic Mass.
The term “by our participation in the partaking” refers to two things.
This first thing is when the Mass Celebrant himself receives the Most Sacred Body of Christ in the Transubstantiated large Mass host and receives the Most Precious Blood in the Transubstantiated wine in the Mass chalice.
This second thing is when the Mass Celebrant himself Administers the Transubstantiated Sacred small host to the Catholic Faithful during Holy Communion.
(Note: Internet Visitors: A brief video of this is to be found below.)
The Holy Catholic Church teaches all of us, regarding the Sacred Mystery of Transubstantiation, that Jesus Christ is really, truly, and substantially present in the Sacrament of the Most Holy Eucharist. Our Dear Lord extends an invitation of Love and of Mercy to each of you where He says:
“Come to Me, all you that labor and are burdened, and I will refresh you.” (Matthew 11:28.)Liturgically, the first prayer in preparation for Holy Communion begins with the “Pater Noster”, the “Our Father”.
Our Dear Lord, as the primary Mass Celebrant, through the hands of the secondary Mass Celebrant, the human instrument, whether the human instrument is a Priest or a Prelate, offers Himself as the Infinite Victim to Our Heavenly Father, and presents to God the Father all of the Mass intentions with Infinite Confidence on our behalf who are, by Baptism, the Children of God.
Notice the “Our Father” begins with the words “Our Father” and not “MY Father”, because all Catholics are members of the ONE Mystical Body of Christ which is but only ONE family, united by the same unchangeable ONE Catholic Faith, Mass, and Sacraments.
“Give us this day our daily bread” is a reminder, not so much of physical bread for the physical body, but rather primarily of our daily supersubstantial bread, as the theologians call the Sacred Host, which is the Spiritual bread, under the species of physical bread, which the Catholic Faithful receive in the Sacrament of the Most Holy Eucharist, during Holy Communion, which Holy Sacrament nourishes our Immortal Souls.
Notice how the Mass Celebrant recites the “Our Father” with a loud voice so that you may:
1) unite yourself in prayer with Jesus Christ;When you pause to reflect upon the wonderful meaning of the “Our Father”, who among us can fail to be filled to overflowing with love for Our Heavenly Father Who, in His Infinite Wisdom and Mercy, sent His only-begotten Son into this world, not only to open the Gates of Heaven for us and to show us the way to Heaven, but also to be with us, helping us to take every step along the way to Heaven so that all of us can make it safely to our ultimate goal - eternal happiness with God in Heaven.
2) remember how great your own happiness should be because you are a Child of God; and,
3) obtain, through the Infinite merits of Jesus Christ, Who as the Infinite Victim Whose Sacred Body at that moment rests upon the Holy Altar, all that you need, not only for today and tomorrow and the rest of this week, and the rest of your life, but also for all eternity.
When we say “Deliver us from evil”, consider how the Mass Celebrant thereby beseeches Almighty God to deliver all of us from all evil, not only by the Graces He so mercifully gives each of us, but also through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, of the Apostles, and of all the Holy Angels and Saints of Heaven, to give us peace and to protect us from all sin and from every calamity of whatsoever kind.
Immediately after the “Pater Noster” is the prayer “Libera Nos, quæsumus” - “Deliver us, we beseech Thee” - during the first part of which the Mass Celebrant, with his right hand, holds the Chalice Paten in a vertical position on the Altar, just to the right of the Purificator.
Shortly before the end of this prayer, he makes the Sign of the Cross on himself with this Paten, and then kisses the Paten close to the top edge, and then, at the left edge, slides the Paten under the Sacred Host.
There is a great Spiritual power in the Sign of the Cross which helps to strengthen and to protect us against all visible and invisible enemies, and against every evil. The kissing of the Paten is a visible symbol of peace, the result of a victorious combat, and it is also a visible sign of our love for Christ crucified.
After uncovering the Chalice, and making the required reverence, the Mass Celebrant begins the breaking of the same large Transubstantiated Mass Host that he had elevated for all to adore immediately after Consecrating it. This breaking of the large Mass Host in a straight vertical line from the top to the bottom is done in imitation of Jesus Christ Who did this during the First Mass. This breaking of the large Sacred Host also represents the violent death of Our Dear Lord on the Cross.
After the Mass Celebrant very carefully places the right half of the Sacred Host onto the Paten, while still holding the left half of the Sacred Host, then, with his right thumb and forefinger, he carefully breaks off a small particle of the Sacred Host at the right side on the bottom center of the left half of the Sacred Host, after which he carefully places the left half of the Sacred Host onto the Paten while continuing to hold the small Sacred Particle between the thumb and forefinger of his right hand.
He then makes the Sign of the Cross with the small Particle of the Sacred Host three times over the uncovered Chalice while he says the “Pax Domini” - “May the Peace of the Lord” - prayer, after which the Sacred particle is dropped into the Chalice.
The “Hæc commixtio” - May this mingling” - prayer is said as the Sacred particle is carefully dropped into the Chalice. This physical mingling of the Particle of the Sacred Body with the Most Precious Blood in the Chalice expresses how the Most Holy Sacrament of the Eucharist, although it is physically present on the Holy Altar under both Sacred Species, is really only ONE Sacrament with Christ being whole and entire under EACH Sacred Species. At the same time, this also gives you a clearer idea of the relationship of the Holy Sacrifice with the Holy Sacrament.
During the Double Consecration of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass - which is NOT an anti-Catholic Memorial Supper Meal - the species of bread and wine are Consecrated separately so that the Sacred Body of Our Lord is separated in a mysterious manner from His Precious Blood in order that the Holy Sacrifice of the Traditional Catholic Mass may always be a true representation of the Sacrifice of Christ on the Cross in which the Sacred Body and the Precious Blood of Christ were physically separated from each other, or, as one Father of the Catholic Church teaches:
“Do not neglect, O holy man of God, to pray and to intercede for me, when by your words you cause the Divine Word to come down, and when, by a bloodless cutting, you separate the Body and Blood of the Lord, your words [i.e. the Form of the Double Consecration] serving as a knife.” (Patriarch Saint Gregory [Theologos - the Divine] Nazianzen [Nazianzus] the Younger [b. Arianzus, in Asia Minor, c. 325 A.D. - d. Arianzus, in Asia Minor 389 A.D.]. Father of the Catholic Church. Bishop of Sasima [c. 371]; Co-Adjutor Bishop [c. 372 - 375] for his Father Saint Gregory Nazianzen the Elder, who was the Bishop of Nazianzus [329 A.D. - 374 A.D.]; Patriarch of Constantinople [November 380 - June, 381]; and, the Bishop of Nazianzus [381 A.D. - 383 A.D.]. One of the Three Cappadocian Hierarchs [the other two: Catholicus Saint Basil the Great, and Saint John Chrysostom], Letters, 171.)The “Agnus Dei” - “Lamb of God” - is a prayer for mercy and for peace. The striking of the chest three times is a visible expression of repentance and an acknowledgment of unworthiness to receive the Son of God, the Eternal High Priest, Jesus Christ, the Second Person of the Most Blessed Trinity.
Before the Administration of the Sacrament of the Most
Holy Eucharist, the Mass Celebrant turns around, from facing the Holy Altar,
towards the Catholic Faithful in the Church, and, holding in his right
hand a small, Consecrated (Transubstantiated) small Sacred Host, above
the Ciborium he is holding in his left hand, says the prayer: “Domine,
non sum dignus” - “O Lord, I am not worthy” - by which he humbles himself,
like the Centurion in the Gospel. Then follows Holy Communion.
(Note: For the benefit of Internet Visitors, We have added the above brief video of the Celebrant of a Solemn High Traditional Catholic Mass Administering the Sacrament of the Most Holy Eucharist directly onto the tongue of each of the Catholic Faithful who are respectfully kneeling in adoration of Jesus Christ present in the Transubstantiated small Consecrated host they receive at the Traditional Catholic Communion Rail. This Communion Rail separates the Holy Sanctuary from the rest of the Church where the Catholic Faithful are kneeling on the kneelers of their respective pews. The Holy Sanctuary includes the Traditional High [Main] Altar of Sacrifice. At the center of this Altar, the Tabernacle is firmly affixed to this Altar. The Tabernacle contains a Ciborium with Consecrated Hosts.)
Near the end of the Traditional Catholic Mass, depending on the type of Mass, the Mass Celebrant, facing the Congregation. says: Ite, Missa est, or Benedicamus Domino (Let us Bless the Lord), or, in a Requiem Mass for the Dead, Requiescant in pace (May they rest in peace).
For the record, because of incorrect translations in the past, the correct complete translation of the Ite, Missa est in English is: “Go [Ite], the Victim [i.e. Christ] has been sent [Missa est] to God through the hands of His Holy Angel [i.e. 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.” (Cf.: 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 83, Article 4, Reply to Objection 9.)
After the Last Blessing (omitted in a Requiem Mass for the Dead), the Mass Celebrant always (even in Requiem Masses for the Dead) reads the Last Gospel (John 1:1-14) which is not only a reminder of the Divinity of Jesus Christ, but also a reminder of having received Holy Communion:
“And the Word [Jesus Christ] was made flesh, and dwelt
(Note: For the benefit of Internet Visitors, We have also added the above brief video of the end of the Traditional Catholic Mass.)
“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.)
For our resolutions, let all of us, by the Grace of God, firmly resolve to us ask Our Lord for the Graces to worthily receive Him in Holy Communion.
Proper preparation also includes making a Spiritual Communion before physically receiving the Sacred Host on one's tongue while kneeling at the Communion Rail.
Remember to also make an adequate thanksgiving after Holy Communion.
If you follow these simple, easy, basic procedures, then you shall be vivified as the Postcommunion helps you to pray to God.