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Mass The Sacrifice Of Calvary?

by Stephen

Why is the Mass known as the sacrifice of Calvary?

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The Unbloody Sacrifice
by: The Rosary Team

The Mass is often referred to as the Unbloody Sacrifice of Calvary. It is called such because during the Mass Jesus acts as both Victim and Sacrifice through the words and actions of the priest and is offered in an unbloody way to God the Father. This is taken directly from the Baltimore Catechism which states: "
The Mass is the sacrifice of the New Law in which Christ, through the ministry of the priest, offers Himself to God in an unbloody manner under the appearances of bread and wine."
The Catechism goes on to explain: "The Mass is the same sacrifice as the sacrifice of the cross because in the Mass the victim is the same, and the principal priest is the same, Jesus Christ."

The Mass is different from the Sacrifice of Calvary in the fact that Jesus is not physically crucified again because Jesus died once for the remission of sins and can die no more. The Mass simply "applies to us the merits and satisfaction of His death on the cross". (Baltimore Catechism)

Meditate On The Institution Of The Holy Eucharist
by: The Rosary Team

I would also like to guide you to the pages that concern the Fifth Luminous Mystery, The Institution of The Holy Eucharist. Meditating upon this mystery as well as The Crucifixion, The Fifth Sorrowful Mystery will help you understand the intimate relationship between these two events in Jesus' life.

How thankful we should be that Pope John Paul II gave the Church these new mysteries! They really fill in the gap in our meditations and help us draw parallels in our understanding of how Jesus public life and preaching fulfilled His purpose and mission which is climaxed in the Sorrowful Mysteries.

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