Wednesday, March 7, 2018


Those who want to spiritualized TRANSUBSTANTIATION into something else: Stop ✋!

You can read the full article at The Vatican Insider here. Please note Pope Francis very good catechesis on Mass stipends which he does not forbid but places in the correct context. My parish as per diocesan policy recommends $10 sacrificial offering but one can offer more or less or nothing.


About the invocation of the Holy Spirit so to consecrate the bread and wine through its power, “the action of the Holy Spirit and the effectiveness of Christ’s own words uttered by the priest - the Argentinean Pontiff stressed - make truly present, under the species of bread and wine, his Body and Blood, his sacrifice offered on the cross once and for all. Jesus was very clear about this: we have heard how St. Paul at the beginning tells the words of Jesus, “this is my body, this is my blood”, it is Jesus himself who said this, we must not make strange thoughts, but why?... It is Jesus’ body, end of story, it is the body of Jesus, an act of faith, but it is the body and the blood of Jesus, and the mystery of faith, as we say after consecration”. The Church joins the offering of Christ and his intercession, “There is a passage in the book of Acts of the Apostles when Peter was in prison and the Christian community was constantly praying: the praying Church, and when we go to the Mass that is what we do”.  


Rood Screen said...

"We must not make strange thoughts, but why?" Do they have a five-year-old translating his sermons, or does he really speak this poorly?

TJM said...

PraySniff hardest hit!

Mark Thomas said...

Thank you, Father McDonald, for your post.

Also from His Holiness Pope Francis:

General Audience, December 13, 2017 A.D.

"Dear Brothers and Sisters, Good morning! Resuming the series of catechesis on the Mass, today we ask ourselves: why go to Sunday Mass?"


Mark Thomas

TJM said...


I am still waiting for you to describe, in detail, the "radical" changes made to the Mass texts and rubrics during the pontificate of Pius XII.

ByzRC said...


Awesome follow-up! This had slipped my mind.

Victor said...

Where is the epiclesis, or invocation of the Holy Spirit, in the Roman Canon? Because it is not explicit, and appears in offertory prayers in the TLM, the liturgical deformers wanted to scrap it when they scrapped the old offertory prayers, until Paul VI stepped in. I can see the folks at PT bitterly resurrecting the argument of removing or not using the Roman Canon after the Holy Father's statement. The point is that the Roman Canon is so old that it existed before the doctrine of the Trinity became dogma, so one could say it is implied.

John Nolan said...

The epiclesis in the Roman Canon is the 'Quam oblationem'. The fact that it does not explicitly reference the Holy Ghost, as do eastern anaphoras, is evidence of its great antiquity. The 'Veni Sanctificator', like the rest of the Offertory prayers, is a comparatively recent addition.

Anonymous said...

Interesting too that the Fundamentalists ("Bible-believing" folks) don't take the passage about the body and blood literally, which reminds me of what an ex-fundamentlist wrote one time, that they take everything literally...except when they don't (when it runs contrary to their pre-conceived opinions). Instead for them, Holy Communion is just a memorial meal, often just observed quarterly and obviously not the focus of their weekly Sunday worship,

George said...

In the Mass, the celebrating priest at the consecration acts "in persona Christi". No explicit invocation of the Holy Spirit is necessary since He is present there also. As we profess in our Creed,"We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son." While the Roman Canon came much earlier than the Filioque, it comports with what we profess to believe. The celebrant acts in the person of Christ from whom the Holy Spirit proceeds.