So sorry for this sad title. The reparation needed for the trampling of the Mass is needed now more than ever! Below is a link to information of bishops allowing priests to offer gay pride Masses. This needs repair. What do they think the Mass is? This is a sacrilege and we must make reparation to the Hearts of Jesus and Mary for this abomination.
I just had a conversation with one of my relatives regarding the definition of the Mass and it seems since the "new" catechesis, we have been neglecting to teach the true meaning of the Mass. It is no wonder since we have Protestantized the Mass when it was "reformed". This is amazingly tragic and the reason most laity and many priests are not aware of what the Mass truly is.
We have lost the understanding of the fact that the Mass is the unbloodly sacrifice of Jesus on the Cross offered to the Father by the priest who is standing at the altar in "persona Christi". As defined by the Church at the Council of Trent, in the Mass, "The same Christ who offered Himself once in a bloody manner on the altar of the cross, is present and offered in an unbloody manner." Consequently, the Mass is a truly propitiatory sacrifice, which means that by this oblation "the Lord is appeased, He grants grace and the gift of repentance, and He pardons wrongdoings and sins, even grave ones. For it is one and the same victim. He who now makes the offering through the ministry of priests and He who then offered Himself on the cross. The only difference is the manner of offering" (Denzinger 1743).
The Mass cannot be understood apart from Calvary, of which it is a re-presentation, memorial, and effective application of the merits gained by Christ.
The re-presentation means that because Christ is really present in His humanity, in heaven and on the altar, He is capable now as He was on Good Friday of freely offering Himself to the Father. He can no longer die because He now has a glorified body, but the essence of His oblation remains the same.
There has been a scream from the enemy over this reality of the "unbloody Sacrifice" since the Mass was first offered. Since Satan did not like the outcome of the bloody sacrifice - he certainly is going to try to prevent the "unbloody sacrifice" from happening. There has always been an attack on the Mass - "Let's not call it a sacrifice! Jesus died once and for all - it is over! Let's take down the cross and put a resurrection cross! Lets take away the high altar and put in a table - facing the people! Let's move the tabernacle to an inferior place! Let's put the Real Presence of Jesus in the hand of the laity! Let us invite them into the sanctuary and maybe - just maybe - the faithful will lose their faith in the priesthood and the Mass. Maybe we can even get the priest to lose his faith as well!
The Church has always set forth the firm and clear principle that: "The way we worship is the way we believe." The doctrinal truths of the Faith are embodied in the worship we offer to God. In other words, it is the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass that teaches us our theology and not the reverse. The True Mass comprises the Apostolic Tradition of faith and morals in its very essence. This Sacrifice instituted by Christ is performed on our altars by the sacrificial action of the Redeemer Himself, truly present under the species of bread and wine, offering Himself as a victim to His Father. And by partaking at Communion of this Victim, we unite ourselves to the Body and Blood of Our Lord, and offer ourselves also in union with Him. We have lost this sense of offering of ourselves as well.
Thus, the Church teaches, first, that the Priesthood of the priest is essentially different from that of the faithful, who do not have the Priesthood but who belong to a Church which essentially requires a Priesthood. It is deeply fitting that this Priesthood be celibate, and that its members be differentiated from the faithful by clerical dress. We have lost this belief as well. The respect for the priesthood is lost.
Every doctrine essential to the Faith is taught in the Mass. Pope Leo XIII points out
in Apostolicae Curae that the Church's enemies have always understood this principle as "They knew only too well the intimate bond that unites faith with worship, the law of belief with the law of prayer, and so, under the pretext of restoring the order of the liturgy to its primitive form, they (the Protestants) corrupted it in many respects to adapt it to the errors of the Innovators." It is no wonder, then, that Luther coined the slogan: "Take away the Mass, destroy the Church."
For Luther, the Mass is a sacrifice of praise, that is - an act of praise, of thanksgiving, but most certainly not an expiatory sacrifice which recreates the Sacrifice of Calvary and applies its merits.
Describing the liturgical "perversions" Luther observed in some monasteries, he wrote: "The Principal expression of their cult, the Mass, surpasses all impiety and abomination in that they make of it a sacrifice and a good work. Were this the only reason to leave habit and convent and abandon the vows, it would be amply sufficient". (Christiani, p. 258) For Luther, the Mass, which is meant simply to be a communion, has been subjected to a triple bondage:
1) the laity have been deprived of the use of the chalice,
2)they have been bound as to a dogma to the Thomistic opinion on transubstantiation,
3) and the Mass has been made into a sacrifice.
(Hmm - that sounds like Novus Ordo)
In Elizabethan England, Queen Elizabeth also trampled the idea of the sacrifice by confiscating the Catholic Churches and taking away the high altars and replacing them with tables for the priest to face the people in community. She removed the marble used on the high altar for the Holy Sacrifice and placed that marble in the entrance walkway of the church for the "faithful" to walk on in defiance against the Catholic Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. She replaced the Catholic Mass with an Anglican Mass and made it mandatory for Catholic and Protestant alike to go to this "New Mass" under pain of treason if you refused. (Hmm - that happened after the "New Mass of Pope Paul VI" was introduced!) (Note: you may be saying to yourself - NO Bernadette - the marble was taken out but not stomped upon - NO - many places used this marble outside the church walls for parking lot curbs - source: The Remnant newspaper.
St. Alphonsus Liguori (Bishop, Doctor of the Church and Patron of Theologians) explains that "The devil has always attempted, by means of the heretics, to deprive the world of the Mass, making them precursors of the Anti-Christ, who, before anything else, will try to abolish and will actually abolish the Holy Sacrament of the altar, as a punishment for the sins of men, according to the prediction of Daniel: ‘And strength was given him against the continual sacrifice' (Dan. 8:12)."
We are living in the days mentioned by St. Alphonsus in the book of Daniel and it looks like the devil has made progress in this. The faithful are falling away and churches are closing! God has allowed this as a punishment for the sins of men and success has been allowed to the enemy -- but God is pouring out His graces upon the faithful that are crying out to Him. The Latin Tridentine Mass is growing and many people, young and old, are flocking to it. Below is a video that was just sent to me today. I wish to share it with you and I hope it will be helpful to you and to your family members and friends. It is very long but shows the "Passion" movie clips alongside the parts of the Mass to emphasize its true meaning. Please find time to watch this and please pass it on.
May Our Lady, Queen of Heaven and Earth, pray for us!
Bernadette Porter is a Traditional Catholic, a wife of 41 years with 6 adult home-schooled children and 6 grandchildren. A sincere devotion to Mary, the Mother of God leads me to want to share "The Church's best kept secret" - Mary!