|Originally Posted By Ohio:
Originally Posted By Steelerfan_LG1:
Your confusion is due to protestantism's discarding and complete forgetting of what the Mass is: the unbloody sacrifice of Christ made present to us upon the altar.
Have you ever read the book of Hebrews?
Let me help:
9:26He then would have had to suffer often since the foundation of the world; but now, once
at the end of the ages, He has appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself.
10:8Previously saying, “Sacrifice and offering, burnt offerings, and offerings for sin You did not desire, nor had pleasure in them” (which are offered according to the law), 9then He said, “Behold, I have come to do Your will, £O God.” He takes away the first that He may establish the second. 10By that will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.
11And every priest stands ministering daily and offering repeatedly the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins.
12But this Man, after He had offered one sacrifice for sins forever,
sat down at the right hand of God, 13from that time waiting till His enemies are made His footstool. 14For by one offering He has perfected forever those who are being sanctified.
We haven't forgotten or discarded anything.
We could go round and round for years and never reach common ground. Frankly I have less interest in doing so than I should, which is an admittedly shameful and uncharitable thing for me to say. But I know how this goes on the internet - BTDT thousands of times.
Let me just give you this below, which is what Catholics believe and what we have always believed. Note: We do NOT believe that Christ somehow dies or re-sacrifices himself at every Mass. What we do believe is actually quite simple. Read on:
The Sacrifice of the Mass
Lesson 27 from the Baltimore Cathechism
357. What is the Mass?
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.
For, from the rising of the sun even to the going down, my name is great among the Gentiles; and in every place there is sacrifice and there is offered to my name a clean oblation. (Malachi 1:11)
358. What is a sacrifice?
A sacrifice is the offering of a victim by a priest to God alone, and the destruction of it in some way to acknowledge that He is the Creator of all things.
359. Who is the principal priest in every Mass?
The principal priest in every Mass is Jesus Christ, who offers to His heavenly Father, through the ministry of His ordained priest, His body and blood which were sacrificed on the cross.
And having taken bread, he gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, "This is my body, which is being given for you; do this in remembrance of me." In like manner he took also the cup after the supper, saying, "This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which shall be shed for you." (Luke 22:19-20)
360. Why is the Mass the same sacrifice as the sacrifice of the cross?
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.
361. What are the purposes for which the Mass is offered?
The purposes for which the Mass is offered are: first, to adore God as our Creator and Lord; second, to thank God for His many favors; third, to ask God to bestow His blessings on all men; fourth, to satisfy the justice of God for the sins committed against Him.
362. Is there any difference between the sacrifice of the cross and the Sacrifice of the Mass?
The manner in which the sacrifice is offered is different. On the cross Christ physically shed His blood and was physically slain, while in the Mass there is no physical shedding of blood nor physical death, because Christ can die no more; on the cross Christ gained merit and satisfied for us, while in the Mass He applies to us the merits and satisfaction of His death on the cross.
For we know that Christ, having risen from the dead, dies now no more, death shall no longer have dominion over him. (Romans 6:9)
363. How should we assist at Mass?
We should assist at Mass with reverence, attention, and devotion.
364. What is the best method of assisting at Mass?
The best method of assisting at Mass is to unite with the priest in offering the Holy Sacrifice, and to receive Holy Communion.
364a. How can we best unite with the priest in offering the Holy Sacrifice?
We can best unite with the priest in offering the Holy Sacrifice by joining in mind and heart with Christ, the principal Priest and Victim, by following the Mass in a missal, and by reciting or chanting the responses.
365. Who said the first Mass?
Our Divine Savior said the first Mass, at the Last Supper, the night before He died.
And here's another useful explanation:
[The following is from Questions Asked by Protestants briefly answered by Father M. Philipps, Rector of St. Joseph’s Church, Buffalo, NY. Cabinet of Catholic Information, 1903 Imprimatur: Archbishop John Farley
What do Catholics mean by a sacrifice?
A sacrifice is the oblation of a sensible thing made to God through a lawful minister by a real change in the thing offered, to testify to God’s absolute authority over us, and our entire dependence on Him.
Does God want sacrifices from us?
At the very beginning of the world there were sacrifices offered up to God, as Cain and Abel, Noe, Abraham, etc. God Himself regulated the sacrifices of the Old Law. The sacrifices of the Old Law were to typify the sacrifice of the cross, where Christ offered His Body and Blood to God for the sins of the world. This sacrifice of the cross is daily commemorated in Mass, and daily offered to God for the living and for the dead.
Does the Bible say that a sacrifice should be offered in the New Testament?
In the prophecy of Malachi we read that the sacrifices of the old law shall be abolished, that a new sacrifice shall take their place, and be offered in the whole world: “I have no pleasure in you, sayeth the Lord of Hosts: and I will not receive a gift of your hand. For from the rising of the sun even to the going down, my name is great among the Gentiles, and in every place there is a sacrifice, and there is offered to my name a clean oblation.”
Did this prophecy of Malachi come to pass?
Yes, the Jewish sacrifices are all abolished, the new sacrifice is the death of Jesus Christ, which is commemorated in Holy Mass every day and offered to God in every Catholic place of worship, from the rising of the sun even to the going down.
According to the teaching of Catholics, Jesus has daily to suffer and to die.
No, in Mass Jesus does not suffer nor die, but His sufferings and death on the cross are commemorated and offered again to God the Father for the remission of sins.
St. Paul says: But Christ…by His own blood entered once into the holies, having obtained eternal redemption (Heb. 9:12), and: So also Christ was offered once to exhaust the sins of many (Heb. 9:28), and: For by one oblation He hath perfected forever them that are sanctified,” (Heb. 10:14); all this shows that the one sacrifice on the cross was enough and no other sacrifices are needed.
The one sacrifice on the cross is enough to redeem all men, but it must be commemorated and applied to our souls, as Jesus commanded it, saying: “Do this in commemoration of me.” This is done every day in Mass.
Christ died for our sins, therefore, we are saved, and Mass is not necessary.
If those words: Christ died for our sins, therefore we are saved, were all we need to do and believe, there would be no need of preaching, or of having churches, no need of leading a holy life; all people would be saved; there would be no hell; the greatest wrongdoers would be on the same footing as the most honest men. Christ, however, beside His death on the Cross, commanded us to do many other things in order to be saved.
But St. Paul says: For it is fitting that we should have such a high priest, who needeth not daily (as other priests) to offer sacrifices first for his own sins and then for the people, for this He did once in offering Himself; daily Mass, therefore, is not necessary.
St. Paul speaks of Jewish sacrifices, and of Jewish high priests, who were no longer needed on account of their imperfections. Priests do not offer a new, but the same sacrifice of Jesus on the Cross, as they were commanded to do.
Does St. Paul say that ministers should, beside preaching, also offer sacrifices to God for the sins of the people?
St. Paul (Heb. 5:1) says: “For every high priest taken from among men is ordained for men in the things that appertain to God, that he may offer up gifts and sacrifices for sin.” Therefore, ministers should not only preach, but also offer the Holy Sacrifice.
If the Sacrifice of the Mass is necessary, then the Sacrifice of the Cross was not sufficient to reconcile us to God.
The Sacrifice of the Cross was sufficient to reconcile us to God, but Christ wished that His Sacrifice of the Cross should often by commemorated in remembrance of Him, and as St. Paul says: “For as often as you shall eat this bread and drink this chalice, you shall show the death of the Lord, until He come.” (1 Cor. 11:26). As faithful children, therefore, we often commemorate and offer the Unbloody Sacrifice of the Cross to God for the welfare of the world.