THE HOLY SACRIFICE OF THE MASS IT’S MEANING AND SIGNIFICANCE

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Jesus Christ in the Eucharist
THE HOLY SACRIFICE OF THE MASS
IT’S MEANING AND SIGNIFICANCE
The Holy Mass is the highest form of worship. It is the sacrifice of Calvary renewed. The Mass is
not just a way to remember Jesus’ sacrifice on the Cross. It is the same sacrifice of Jesus, re-presented
(made present) under the sacramental sign of bread and wine….it is the sacrifice that Jesus offered on
Calvary, present in the consecrated bread and wine of the Eucharist.” In the Holy Mass, it is Jesus Christ,
God, as well as Man, Who is your intercessor, our Priest and our Victim. Being God-as well as Man-His
prayers, merits, and His offerings are infinite in value.
In the “Truth About the Eucharist,” published by Liguori Publications(1996), Reverend John
Dowling states that “In the Mass the Catholic faithful, moved by and united in the Spirit, proclaim the
mighty deeds of God in Word and in sacrament; the Liturgy of the Word and sacrament is the foundation and
apex of Christian worship. This celebration is not an attempt to manipulate our God; rather it is a Spiritfilled encounter with a God who comes to us in his Word, feeds us with bread from heaven, and quenches
our thirst with the cup of salvation.
But what is most significant at the Mass is that when the species (the bread and wine) are consecrated
by a priest or bishop, Jesus becomes really and truly present. We call this the Real Presence. It is no longer
bread and wine, but really Jesus Himself. The substance (what the thing is) of bread and wine is changed
into the Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity of Jesus, even though we can still see and taste the accidents (what
we see or taste) of bread and wine. [Taken from the booklet “The Little Catechism on the Holy Eucharist,”
Catholic Bishop of Lincoln, Nebraska, 1995]
Pope John Paul II says, “Our participation in the Eucharistic Sacrifice should deepen our desire for
the whole human family to come to the light of the faith… It should inspire us to bring the Gospel of Jesus
Christ to all those who do not yet believe in Him.” We who are God’s children by faith and baptism share in
Christ’s priesthood. In the Mass we join our High Priest in offering the Sacrifice of His Body and Blood.
With the whole Church we unite the offering of ourselves and of all created things with Christ’s offering to
the Father. We adore God, we thank Him, we atone for our sins and we ask Him for help. The Mass
nourishes us with the Word of God and the Body and Blood of Christ. In Holy Communion, Christ comes to
our souls to give us a fuller share in His Sacrifice and unite us more closely to Himself and to one another.
Why We Should “Go To Mass”. There are many reasons why we should “go to Mass.” It is hoped that one
or another of the following reasons will motivate us to a better participation in the Eucharistic celebration.
1) Since the work of our salvation is commemorated and continued in the Mass, gratitude demands that we
take part in the Eucharistic liturgy.
2) Christ saved us, but he did not intend to save us without our cooperation. The purpose of the Eucharist is
not only to renew Christ’s sacrifice, but also to join the sacrifice of ourselves to his, in order to indicate our
desire and cooperation to be saved.
3) If we believe that Christ redeemed us, we should desire to publicly profess this belief by taking an active
part in the Mass which continues his redemptive work.
4) Since Christ distributes his redemptive graces most abundantly in the Mass, it is necessary that we should
come into vital contact with him in the Mass, in order to receive all the graces he desires to impart to us.

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