jump to navigation

The numerous proofs for the Mass as Real Sacrifice August 16, 2013

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, Christendom, Dallas Diocese, Eucharist, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, Latin Mass, Liturgy, Tradition, Virtue.

I have been continuing to read Fr. Nicholas Gihr’s excellent The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass Dogmatically, Liturgically, and Ascetically Explained (and thanks to Fr. Jordan for the link to the free online copy!).  Fr. Gihr spends quite a bit of time establishing proofs for the Catholic belief that BIRD AND CROSS SPOTL copythe Mass is a real, true Sacrifice, in which Christ’s once for all time Sacrifice on Calvary is re-presented to His Father by Himself, in the form of the priest acting in persona Christi.  This is the same Sacrifice that is also, via Hebrews and the Apocalypse, always being offered to the Father by the Son (Lamb) in Heaven – the Mass, in a sacred sense, brings Heaven and earth together, so that the earthly Sacrifice ties into, and draws its efficacy from, that Heavenly Sacrifice.

Fr. Gihr establishes numerous proofs from all the above from Sacred Scripture (John 6, of course, the Last Supper depictions in all the Gospels, numerous Old Testament sources prefiguring the Mass, 1 Cor chapter 11, etc., etc), the tradition, and the writings of the early Church Fathers, quoting numerous Saints writing about the Mass as Sacrifice from circa AD 100 up until the 6th century.  There are dozens such quotations, proving that the earliest Church always viewed the Mass as THE Sacrifice necessary for salvation AND the Real Presence in the Eucharist.

Going even further, Fr. Gihr establishes the Mass as Real Sacrifice through its universal depiction as such in ALL the various liturgies that 0 Rdeveloped in the ancient Church – Coptic, Greek, Chaldean, Gallican, Mozarabic, etc,. etc.  Here I will quote Fr. Gihr, from p. 110, on this subject:

The foregoing passages from the Fathers are a sufficiently valid proof of the sacrificial character of the Eucharist. Annexed to these is another proof, which, if possible, is still more clear and more convincing. We allude to the proofs from the venerable ancient documents and monuments of ecclesiastical liturgy. They contain a rich treasure of the truths of salvation ; they are veritable mines of gold with respect to Catholic dogma. Doctrine constitutes the root and the soul of both ecclesiastical life and its worship. There is no point of external life in which the truths of faith are more directly and more distinctly revealed than in the liturgy of the Church. [All of which is to say, the Mass is the heart and soul of our Faith, not just liturgically, but theologically, dogmatically as well. The Orthodox know this very well, but I think this has been forgotten, to a shocking extent, by large sections of the Church.  This is from the baleful influence of protestant and Jesuit] Hence these truths can often with certainty be known and recognized therefrom according to the maxim of Pope Celestine Legem credendi lex statuit supplicandi “The liturgical form of prayer becomes the standard of faith.”  [Note, NOT “we pray as we believe, as is so often presented erroneously, which error led directly to the belief that the Mass could be butchered so long as it was somehow theologically “correct” (which it wasn’t anyways!), but CodexAureusCanterburyFolios9v10rwe believe as we pray – the Mass will dictate what we believe, which is why the Mass should never be radically changed in top-down impositions, a la 1969.]  With special reference to our subject, there are a vast number of both Eastern and Western liturgies and directions for the Mass. By these are meant collections of formulas of the prayers and rites 8 , according to which the Eu- charistic Sacrifice has always been celebrated. These liturgies are in their essence and substance decidedly of Apostolic origin. They are composed in different languages, and they were for centuries in daily and public use in various places and among diverse nations and, consequently, they denote the universal and constant belief of Christendom. Now, however variously they may otherwise be. framed, all these liturgical formulas agree perfectly in essentials, so that they represent in their whole contents the Eucharistic celebration as the true Sacrifice of the Immaculate Lamb, Jesus Christ

CROSS BLOOD SHEEP copyIn these liturgical formulas of prayer the Eucharist is designated a sacrifice, a perpetual sacrifice, a holy sacrifice, a heavenly sacrifice, a divine sacrifice, a tremendous sacrifice, a sacrifice deserving of honor, a reasonable and unbloody sacrifice, a sacrifice for the living and the dead, a sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving ; and especially a sacrifice of propitiation and petition…….[those are just some of the exalted terms used to describe the Real Sacrifice of the Mass in various liturgies.  Next, some concrete examples…]

……In the Liturgy of St. James, for instance, it is said: “Let all mortal flesh be silent, standing there in fear and trembling, let all things of earth vanish from our thoughts; for the King of kings, the Lord of lords, Christ our God, is about to be sacrificed and to be given as food to the faithful……”…….The Coptic liturgy of St. Cyril directs the priest to say: “Make us worthy, O Lord, to present to Thee this holy, reasonable, spiritual and unbloody Sacrifice for the remission of our sins and for the pardon of the faults of Thy people…..”  [The liturgy of St. James is thought to date from the 4th century, as is that of St. Cyril.  As Fr. Gihr notes, while there are variations in these liturgies, in all their Crucifixion_Christ in Agony on the Cross_GRECO, Elessentials, they are nearly identical, and all are explicit regarding the Mass as Sacrifice]

Going through Fr. Gihr’s book, it just blows my mind that protestants were ever able to convince anyone that the Mass was anything but a sacrifice, but they did. I guess it just shows how ignorance of the Faith has always been one of the biggest problems for the Church, and adequate catachesis something that has always been badly lacking.  I think there might be another aspect, though. I think throughout the Church’s history She has been afflicted with  just a whole bunch of bad, fallen people who became priests, bishops, whatever, and they twisted the Faith to justify their bad behavior.  I know that was very widespread at the time of the protestant revolt.



1. Brad Lifto - August 16, 2013

many saints and popes have this teaches as the tradiitonal Latin Mass is most scared of formation of holy of all perfect action on the Holy communion with sacred commuion with love and rspect as likely the 12 holy apostles would have done if it was in 5 different languages (Holy language Latin)Jesus taught communion in the hands- Jesus told St. Thomas Aqunia OP as He please with the priest hands to touches the body of Jesus as for many centuries Holy Communion in the hands were never permitted for lay person to do unless of grave danger of to defend the holy Holy communion for doing in the wrong action of self or of others.

Brad Lifto - August 16, 2013

Jesus never taught Communion in the hand any person

2. Woody Jones - August 16, 2013

I love that photo of the Valle de los Caidos. Let us pray that it is reopened for visitors soon.

3. TG - August 18, 2013

I attened my first TLM in Austin this past Sunday. I must say St. Mary’s Cathedral is beautiful. Thank God, it looks very much like a Catholic church and not a masonic lodge. That pleased me tremendously. The Mass was a low Mass. The high Mass is only on the first Sunday of the month. I have to admit that I was kind of lost. The missal they gave us is kind of confusing. I forgot that you can’t hear the priest. I have to admit that at one point I thought, no wonder the church changed it because you don’t know what’s going on. But I did read the prayers in the missal and they are beautiful. My sister later explained how the priest is interceding for the people which is why we can’t hear the prayers. Overall, I liked it. There was reverance, no half naked people, didn’t miss the sign of peace. I loved how we kneeled for Holy Communion. Everyone kneeled in the first row. Two priests gave Holy Communion. It was not awkward since I was kneeling. I feel like the priest at my church just shoves it in because I’m standing and he is not tall. It’s so much easier to receive by tongue when kneeling.

I see you closed your comments on the Czech church. It’s ashamed to read that about it because I grew up in Granger which is a Czech community. The Czech people were very devout and SS Cyril and Methodius is still very a beautiful church. There are mini-versions of it in Cornhill and Marek (2 very small country communities in Central Texas). I guess the Czech have gone the way of Latin Americans.

Sorry comments are closed for this entry

%d bloggers like this: