Saturday, February 15, 2014
AT MASS, EITHER THE 1962 VERSION OR THE REVISED ORDINARY FORM MISSAL, DOES THE SACRIFICE OF THE MASS RESACRIFICE JESUS?
At another blog, there is a bizarre accusation made of the 1962 missal and the missals prior to it and here's the money quote:
The loss of the patristic heritage and its replacement with Scholastic theology in the thirteenth and subsequent centuries created an appalling mystique to the Mass where it was claimed that Christ died anew and again day after day upon the altars. You can read the rest of the drivel HERE.
Yet, as a child growing up in the Bible Belt, where Protestants taught that Catholics resacrificed Christ on our altars everyday, because the one Sacrifice of Calvary wasn't enough, we children and adults were given an "apologetic" to fight against this nonsense with our well-meaning but proselytizing Protestant friends.
It was the one Sacrifice of Calvary offered anew in an "eternal" way and unbloody, as Christ was not killed or sacrificed again! I heard many sermons on that in the deep south in my parishes!
This is what the Baltimore Catechism #2 taught us as well, and the Sisters of Mercy of this time as well as the Sisters of Corondelet who taught me would have taught this about the Sacrifice of the Mass:
"The Mass continues the Sacrfice of the Cross. Each time Mass is offered, the Sacrifice of Christ is repeated. A new sacrifice is not offered, but by divine power,, one and the same sacrifice is repeated...The Mass is the same sacrifice as the sacrifice of the Cross...
The manner in which the sacrifice is offered is different. On the Cross Christ physically shed His blood and was physically slain, while in the Mass there is no physical shedding of blood nor physical death, because Christ can die no more; on the cross Christ gained merit and satisfied for us, while in the Mass he applies to us the merits and satisfaction of his death on the cross.
My final comment: In this, there is absolutely no difference between the two forms of the one Latin Rite!