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Pious Reflections of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass

Pious Reflections of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass
Pious Reflections of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass
Pious Reflections of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass

“Where there is no Mass,” writes one of the Fathers of the English Oratory, “there is also no Christianity.” The reason is plain: Christ’s life was one of sacrifice—not merely of the figurative sacrifice of praise and prayer, but one of outward act, of suffering and of death His religion must be like Himself: it must be the continuation of the divine-human life that He led upon earth, representing and perpetuating, by some sacred rite, the sacrifice that began in the womb of Mary and ended upon the Cross of Calvary That rite is the holy Mass. Do we always realize it as such? Does the conviction sink deep into us, when offering, or assisting, at the adorable Sacrifice, that Jesus is re enacting, in our presence, the mysteries of His life and death?

The altar of the Mass is the holy house of Nazareth, the crib of Bethlehem, the Egyptian place of exile, the hill of Calvary, the garden-tomb in which Our Saviour’s corpse reposed, and the Mount of Olives from which He ascended. The Passion, it is true, is that which is primarily represented and continued in the holy Mass; yet the prayers and rites of the Sacrifice refer, at times, to other mysteries. Thus the dropping of a part of the sacred Host into the Chalice, before the Agnus Dei, represents the reunion of Christ’s soul with His body and blood on the morning of the Resurrection. For a description of the many and beautiful analogies between the eucharistic life of Our Lord and His sacred Infancy, we refer the reader to Father Faber’s Treatise on the Blessed Sacrament.

The Mass is truly a “hidden treasure,” and, alas, our cold, dead faith allows it to remain so. If we valued it as we ought, we would hurry every morning to the church, careless of the snows of winter and the heats of summer, in order to get a share of the riches of this treasure.

The saints knew the value of one Mass: that was a dark day in their calendar on which they were deprived of the happy privilege of saying or hearing Mass. Although St. Francis de Sales was overburdened with apostolic work on the Mission of the Chablais, he made it a point never to miss his daily Mass. In order to keep his holy resolution, he had frequently to cross the river Drance, to the village of Marin, in which there was a Catholic church. It happened, in the winter of 1596, that a great freshet carried away a portion of the bridge over the stream, and the passengers were, in consequence, compelled to cross on a plank laid over those arches of the broken structure that had withstood the waters. Heavy falls of snow, followed by severe frosts, made this board very slippery, so that it became dangerous to attempt passing on it; but St. Francis was not to be deterred, for, despite the remonstrances of his friends, he made the perilous journey every morning, creeping over the icy plank on his hands and feet, thus daily risking his life rather than lose Mass.

Dear Christian reader! beg this glorious Saint to obtain for you and me some portion of his burning love for the most holy and adorable Sacrifice of the altar.

Source: “The Hidden Treasure: Holy Mass” by St Leonard Of Port Maurice, Preface by Thomas A. Nelson.

Pious Reflections of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass

THE PRIEST AT MASS JESUS CHRIST
1. ENTERS THE SANCTUARYENTERS THE GARDEN OF OLIVES
2. BEGINS PRAYERS AT THE FOOT OF THE ALTARBEGINS PRAYER IN THE GARDEN
3. SAYS THE CONFITEOR (“I CONFESS”)FALLS DOWN IN AGONY, SWEATS BLOOD
4. GOES TO THE EPISTLE SIDE OF THE ALTARIS BOUND AND AS A PRISONER IS LED TO ANNAS
5. READS THE INTROITIS FALSELY ACCUSED BY ANNAS AND BLASPHEMED
6. GOES TO THE MIDDLE OF THE ALTAR, RECITES KYRIE ELESIONIS BROUGHT TO CAIPHAS; IS DENIED THREE TIMES BY PETER
7. TURNS TO THE PEOPLE AND SAYS ”DOMINUS VOBISCUM”LOOKS AT PETER AND CONVERTS HIM
8. GOES TO THE ALTAR MISSAL AND READS THE COLLECTS AND EPISTLEIS BROUGHT TO PILATE
9. GOES TO THE MIDDLE OF THE ALTAR, THEN TO THE GOSPEL SIDEIS TAKEN TO HEROD AND MOCKED
10. RETURNS TO THE MIDDLE OF THE ALTARIS LED BACK TO PILATE
OFFERTORY
11. UNCOVERS THE CHALICEIS STRIPPED OF HIS GARMENTS
12. OFFERS THE BREAD AND WINEIS SCOURGED AT THE PILLAR
13. COVERS THE CHALICE WITH THE PALLIS CROWNED WITH THORNS
14. WASHES HIS HANDS AT THE EPISTLE SIDE OF THE ALTARIS DECLARED INNOCENT BY PILATE
15. TURNS TO THE PEOPLE AND SAYS ”ORATE FRATRES…” (”PRAY BRETHREN…”)IS SHOWN TO THE PEOPLE BY PILATE WHO SAYS ”ECCE HOMO” (”BEHOLD THE MAN”)
16. PRAYS IN A LOW VOICE, THE SECRET (PRAYER)IS MOCKED AND SPAT UPON
17. RECITES THE PREFACE AND SANCTUS- BELL IS RUNGCHRIST IS CONDEMNED; BARABBAS IS FREED
CANON OF THE MASS
18. MAKES THE COMMEMORATION OF THE LIVINGCARRIES THE CROSS TO CALVARY
19. BLESSES THE BREAD AND WINE WITH THE SIGN OF THE CROSS FIVE TIMESIS NAILED TO THE CROSS
CONSECRATION
20. CONSECRATES THE HOST, ADORES AND ELEVATES OUR LORDCHRIST IS RAISED ON THE CROSS
21. CONSECRATES THE WINE AND ELEVATES THE CHALICE WITH THE PRECIOUS BLOODBLOOD OF CHRIST FLOWS FROM HIS WOUNDS
22. PRAYS IN A LOW VOICEHANGS ON THE CROSS; SEES HIS MOTHER KNEELING
23. SAYS ALOUD, ”NOBIS QUOQUE PECCATORIBUS”PRAYS FOR ALL MANKIND
24. RECITES ALOUD THE ”PATER NOSTER” (”OUR FATHER”)SPEAKS THE SEVEN LAST WORDS ON THE CROSS
25. BREAKS THE SACRED HOSTDIES ON THE CROSS
26. DROPS A PARTICLE OF THE HOST INTO THE CHALICECHRIST’S SOUL DESCENDS INTO LIMBO
27. RECITES THE AGNUS DEI (”LAMB OF GOD”)CHRIST IS ACKNOWLEDGED TO BE THE SON OF GOD BY THOSE STANDING BENEATH THE CROSS
COMMUNION
28. RECEIVES THE BODY AND BLOOD OF CHRISTCHRIST’S BODY IS LAID IN THE SEPULCHER
29. CLEANSES THE CHALICECHRIST’S BODY IS ANNOITED IN THE SEPULCHER
30. PREPARES THE CHALICE ON THE ALTAR AGAINRISES FROM THE DEAD
31. TURNS TO THE PEOPLE AND SAYS ”DOMINUS VOBISCUM”APPEARS TO HIS MOTHER AND DISCIPLES
32. READS COMMUNION AND POST COMMUNION PRAYERSTEACHES FOR FORTY DAYS
33. TURNS TO THE PEOPLE AND SAYS THE LAST ”DOMINUS VOBISCUM”BIDS FAREWELL TO HIS DISCIPLES
34. SAYS THE ”ITE MISSA EST”COMMISSIONS THE APOSTLES TO PREACH THE GOSPEL TO ALL NATIONS; ASCENDS INTO HEAVEN
35. GIVES THE BLESSING TO THE PEOPLESENDS THE HOLY GHOST ON PENTECOST
36. READS THE LAST GOSPELTHE GOSPEL OF THE SON OF GOD MADE MAN IS PREACHED AND WORSHIPPED THROUGHOUT THE WORLD
PRAYERS AFTER MASS
37. LEADS THE LEONINE PRAYERSTHE SECOND COMING OF JESUS CHRIST
Sacramentals

“I believe that were it not for the Holy Mass, as of this moment the world would be in the abyss.” ~ St. Leonard of Port Maurice

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