Do you know this about the Catholic Mass?
Where will you find a pure offering and worship of God, who is really present, from the rising of the sun even to its going down? (Mal. 1:11) ……..AT EVERY CATHOLIC MASS IN EVERY COUNTRY OF THE WORLD.
Where will you find priests forever according to the order of Melchisadech? (Ps. 110:4 KJV) [109:4] ………AT EVERY CATHOLIC MASS IN EVERY COUNTRY OF THE WORLD.
Where will you hear, around the world, day and night: The Sign of the Cross – In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. (Mt.28:19 – RSV) AND Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God Almighty (Is. 6:3, Rev. 4:8), AND Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world, have mercy on us? (Jn. 1:29), AND Lord I am not worthy that You should enter under my roof? (Mt.8:8) ……..AT EVERY CATHOLIC MASS IN EVERY COUNTRY OF THE WORLD.
Where will you find the real daily bread for which we pray in the Our Father… give us this day our DAILY bread, (Mt. 6:9-13) as foreshadowed by the DAILY Manna from heaven provided by God to the Israelites in the desert? (Ex. 16:4) …….AT EVERY CATHOLIC MASS IN EVERY COUNTRY OF THE WORLD.
Where will you find bread from heaven and witness a miracle every day, prefigured by the miracle when Jesus changed water into wine at Cana? (Jn. 2:1-11) …..AT EVERY CATHOLIC MASS IN EVERY COUNTRY OF THE WORLD.
Where will you witness a miracle foreshadowed by the two miracles when Jesus multiplied a few loaves to feed many thousands of people (Mt. 14:13ff, 15:32ff), demonstrating the He can overcome the laws of nature and be truly present -His Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity- under the appearance of bread and wine? (Mt. 26;26-28, Jn. 6:48-58) …….AT EVERY CATHOLIC MASS IN EVERY COUNTRY OF THE WORLD.
Where will you find the living bread (Jn. 6:51), which comes down from heaven, and gives life to the world (Jn. 6:33), that is Jesus who said, I am the bread of life (Jn. 6:48) AND the bread that I will give is My flesh… for the life of the world? (Jn. 6:51) ………AT EVERY CATHOLIC MASS IN EVERY COUNTRY OF THE WORLD.
Where will you find all generations partaking of unleaven bread and worshiping the Lord, as a perpetual institution? (Ex. 12:14-15,17) …….AT EVERY CATHOLIC MASS IN EVERY COUNTRY OF THE WORLD.
Where will you find Jesus giving Himself (His Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity, under the appearances of bread and wine) to His bride, the Church, the New Jerusalem, as St. John writes: Then the angel said to me, Write this: Blessed are those who have been called to the wedding feast of the Lamb. And he said to me, These words are true; they come from God (Rev. 19:9)… AT EVERY CATHOLIC MASS IN EVERY COUNTRY OF THE WORLD.
Where will you find incense coming from gold (colored) censers and used in the worship of God, with the incense rising up like our prayers to the throne of God? (Mal. 1:11, Rev. 5:8, Rev. 8:3ff) …….AT SPECIAL CATHOLIC MASSES AND AT FUNERAL MASSES IN EVERY COUNTRY OF THE WORLD.
Where will you find genuflections (Rom.14:11), candlesticks (Rev.1:12ff ), and relics of saints under the altar of those who were slain for the word of God and for the testimony they had given? (Rev. 6:9) ……AT EVERY CATHOLIC MASS IN EVERY COUNTRY OF THE WORLD.
Where will you find priests wearing vestments like the Son of Man(Rev. 1:13, 19:13) and like priests in the Old Testament (Ex. 28:4-5),who were anointed and consecrated in order to minister – in the priest’s office (Ex. 28:41) – when they come in unto the tabernacle of the congregation, or when they come near unto the altar to minister in the holy place? (Ex. 28:41) ……AT EVERY CATHOLIC MASS IN EVERY COUNTRY OF THE WORLD.
Where will you find Jesus being faithful to His promises – I am with you always even unto the end of the world (Mt. 28:20) and Did you not know I must be in My Father’s house? (Lk. 2:49 – RSV) ………AT EVERY CATHOLIC MASS IN EVERY COUNTRY OF THE WORLD.
Catholics believe that when we attend Mass, we are mystically transported to Calvary, where we unite ourselves to our loving Father with the once-only sacrifice of Jesus Christ. He makes His sacrifice present to us and to every generation until the end of time. He allows us to join our lives and our suffering to His suffering. Jesus wants to draw all of us into His sacrifice on the cross. Jesus does not die again in the Mass, because He is not re-sacrificed but re-presented, transcending space and time. If you could give your real self to those you love, why would you just give them a photo or a symbol of yourself? Only in the Catholic Mass and in Catholic Churches is Jesus truly present in the Holy Eucharist: His Body, Body, Soul, and Divinity. Through the words and actions of the ministerial priesthood, standing in the person of Christ, this very same sacrifice that took place 2000 years ago is truly and actually made present to us until the end of time. He allows us to join our lives and our suffering to His suffering. It is His sacrifice that was and is saving the world. He conquers the power of death and gives each of us a way to understand how suffering in this life can bring grace to us and those for whom we pray. On Nov. 22, 2017, Pope Francis said: “When we go to Mass, it is as if we go to Calvary. This is the Mass: to enter into this Passion, death, Resurrection and Ascension of Jesus.” He said he is sure we would respond to this “in silence, in weeping,” and also with joy, because we have been saved from death and sin. Imagine you are actually at Calvary in that moment, you would look up and know that the man upon the cross is Jesus. Would you allow yourself to chit-chat? “No, because Jesus (is there)!” Pope John Paul II wrote: The liturgy we celebrate on earth is a mysterious participation in this heavenly liturgy (Angelus, Nov. 3, 1996). The Catholic Church affirmed at Vatican II: In the earthly liturgy we share in a foretaste of that heavenly liturgy which is celebrated in the Holy City of Jerusalem toward which we journey as pilgrims, where Christ is sitting at the right hand of God... (CCC1090)
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