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AT THE HOUR OF DEATH THE MASSES YOU HAVE HEARD WILL BE YOUR GREATEST CONSOLATION

AT THE HOUR OF DEATH THE MASSES YOU HAVE HEARD WILL BE YOUR GREATEST CONSOLATION

THE HOLY MASS

At the hour of death the Masses you have heard will be your greatest consolation. Every Mass will go with you to judgment and plead for pardon.

At every Mass you can diminish the temporal punishment due to your sins, more or less according to your fervour.

Assisting devoutly at Mass you render to the Sacred Humanity of Our Lord the greatest homage. You afford to the souls in Purgatory the greatest possible relief.

You are preserved from many dangers and misfortunes which would otherwise have befallen you.

You shorten your Purgatory by every Mass.

Every Mass wins you a higher degree of sanctifying grace here, and glory in heaven hereafter.

You are blessed in your temporal goods and affairs.

When you hear Mass and offer the Holy Sacrifice in honour of any particular Saint or Angel, thank God for the favour bestowed on him, etc., etc.

One Mass heard during your life will be of more benefit to you than many heard for you after your death. Therefore, try to hear Mass every day.

– From: St Anthony’s Treasury, 1916

 

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IF MAN REALLY UNDERSTOOD THIS MYSTERY, HE WOULD DIE OF LOVE

IF MAN REALLY UNDERSTOOD THIS MYSTERY, HE WOULD DIE OF LOVE

THE HOLY MASS

All good works added together are not equal to the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, for they are the work of man, and the Mass is the work of God. Martyrdom is nothing in comparison. It is the sacrifice which man makes to God of his life; the Mass is the sacrifice which God makes to man of His Body and Blood.

GOD’S WORK

At the voice of the priest Our Lord descends from heaven, and encloses himself in a little Host. The glance of God is arrested at the altar. “This,” He says, “is my Beloved Son, in Whom I am well pleased. He can refuse nothing to the merits of the offering of this Victim.

THE GOOD GOD IS PRESENT

How beautiful to think that after the Consecration the good God is present, as He is in Heaven! If man really understood this mystery, he would die of love. God considers our weakness… Oh! if we had faith, if we understood the value of the Holy Sacrifice, we should be much more zealous in assisting at it.

– Bl. Cure d’Ars, from: Laverty & Sons (eds.), 1905

 

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“DOES WATCHING MASS ON TELEVISION FULFIL ONE’S SUNDAY OBLIGATION?”

Question: “I would like to know whether watching Mass on television fulfils one’s obligation. My husband never goes to church, but he does watch Mass on TV every Sunday. I attend Mass regularly, although I have missed church recently because of my health.

Answer: The simple answer to your question is ‘no’. Watching Mass on television does not fulfil one’s Sunday obligation. Assuming that your husband is a Catholic and is in reasonable health, he is required to be at Mass in person. The Catechism of the Catholic Church, in section 2180, specifies that the Sunday obligation is satisfied by ‘assistance’ at Mass, and every commentator I have read views that to mean attendance at a Eucharistic celebration.

Such reading would seem logical since Jesus said (Matthew 18:20): ‘Where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.’ The Eucharist has a community dimension which strengthens the faith of participants. It was with deliberate purpose that Jesus directed his memory to be kept alive by his disciples sharing a meal.

Although taking holy Communion at Mass is not required to satisfy the Sunday obligation, it seems clear that those who participate most fully are the ones who receive back from the Lord the sacred food offered in sacrifice. That gift, of course, is not available to television viewers.

The televised Mass has great value for those whose illness or infirmity precludes them from being in church. It would be incorrect to say watching TV fulfills their obligation. Simply put, there is for them no obligation. They are dispensed.

But the housebound can derive real spiritual benefit from following the prayers and readings of the Mass on television. I would suggest that they can multiply that benefit by asking to be placed on their parish’s Communion list so that a Eucharistic minister will visit them regularly.”

– This article by Fr Francis Doyle was published as part of the feature “Questions and Answers” in the Catholic Universe newspaper, issue Friday 14th August, 2015. For subscriptions please visit http://www.thecatholicuniverse.com (external link).

 
 

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WHY IS THE HOLY MASS SO IMPORTANT FOR THE WHOLE WORLD?

The Meaning of the Mass

“The Holy Mass is the One and Only Sacrifice of the New Testament. In the Mass Our Lord Jesus Christ, through the ministry of the priest, offers Himself – His Body and Blood – to God the Father. This offering is made under the appearances of bread and wine. It is a mystical immolation made in an unbloody manner.

By a sacrifice is meant an oblation of something in which a notable change is wrought and offered to God alone in witness of the supreme honour and reverence that man owes Him as his Creator, Master, Beginning and End.

God, our Creator, Master, our Beginning and End

The Sacrifice of the Mass was instituted by Our Lord Himself. In instituting it He left His Church a Sacrifice by which the bloody Sacrifice offered on Calvary should be renewed to the end of time, and the merits of that Sacrifice might be applied in behalf of the living and the dead for for the remission of sins.

The Sacrifice of the Mass was instituted by Our Lord Himself

The separate consecration of the bread and the wine in the Mass represents the actual separation of the Body and Blood of Our Lord in His Death on the Cross.

The Mass is not, however, a mere representation of the Sacrifice of the Cross. It is, in all truth, the actual Sacrifice of the Cross that is renewed on the altar [for the spiritual act is outside and above the material concepts of time and space]; for the Victim offered is the same – Christ on the altar offering Himself through the ministry of the priest, even as on the Cross He offered Himself. The only difference consists in the manner of offering. Through the Sacrifice of the Mass God bestows on us the graces that were merited for us by Christ’s Sacrifice on the Cross.

The Mass is offered for four purposes:

a) To adore God. That is why it is called the Sacrifice of Praise.

b) To thank God. That is why it is called the Eucharistic Sacrifice.

c) To obtain grace and benefits. That is why it is called an Impetratory Sacrifice.

d) To satisfy the justice of God for the sins committed against Him, and make reparation to Him. That is why it is called a Propitiatory Sacrifice.

Although the Mass may be offered in honour of Our Lady, the Angels and the Saints, it is offered to God alone, since supreme dominion, which the Sacrifice of the Mass implies, belongs to God alone.

The Mass belongs to God alone

Since the Mass is the heart and soul of the Church’s worship, it is not offered for the benefit of the celebrant only, but for all the faithful, both living and dead, and in an especial manner for those whom the celebrant commemorates in the Mass.

The Mass may be offered for some particular person, either living or dead, and also for some particular intention.

Active participation

The best way of assisting at Mass is to unite with the celebrant in offering the Divine Victim to God, vividly recalling Our Lord’s Sacred Passion and Death on the Cross, and uniting ourselves to Jesus by sacramental or, at least spiritual communion .”

– Fr Gebhard, 1952

 

 
 

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WITHOUT THE MASS, CHURCHES WOULD BE BARREN PLACES INDEED – A FEW PRAYERS, A BIT OF MUSIC AND THE FALTERING ACCENTS OF A PREACHER’S VOICE

“It was the distinguished publicist and man of letters, Augustine Birrell, himself a non-Catholic, who spoke volumes when he stated: ‘It is the Mass that matters.’

It is the Mass that matters

For the Mass is the unique possession of the Catholic Church, the very core of her worship, and differentiates her from all those non-Catholic religious bodies which all call themselves by various Christian names.

Without the Mass churches would be barren places indeed. We should have in them poverty-stricken worship – a few prayers, a bit of music and the faltering accents of a preacher’s voice.

Our Lord Jesus Christ in our midst

Having the Mass, we have the abiding Presence of Our Lord Jesus Christ in our midst as our Friend, our Food, our Sacrifice: Our Friend Whom we can visit on our altars; our Food to nourish us in Holy Communion; our Sacrifice to be offered to God the Father, and through which the merits of Our Redeemer’s blessed Passion and Death are applied to ourselves and our dead.

A striking witness to the vitality of our people’s faith is their personal devotion to the Mass and their evident desire to know more about it and to assist at it more diligently.”

– Father Gebhard

 
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Posted by on August 5, 2015 in Devotions

 

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