On the Mass as a Sacrifice

Brandon at SDA2RC posts this definition of the mass as sacrifice from the 1962 Daily Roman Missal published by Angelus Press (the SSPX publishing house):

The Mass is thus the perpetual prolongation of the Sacrifice made on the cross. Consequently, every Mass is the one immolation of Christ repeated in the Act of Oblation. 

That’s an interesting way of putting it, which I think makes the reasons for the Protestant criticism all the more clear. Christ sacrificed himself once for all; that sacrifice is neither prolonged nor repeated. For more, see my article, The Sacrifice of the Mass.

2 thoughts on “On the Mass as a Sacrifice

  1. Bill,
    This issue cannot be dealt with without first asking (and answering) what is the sacrifice of Christ? We refer to it often, but seldom define it. First and foremost:

    “1.) Our Lord’s Sacrifice consists in His complete self-renunciation – an immolation that began with the first instant of His earthy existence and terminated on Calvary’s Cross.

    2.) Our Lord’s Sacrifice consists above all in the preferring of God’s will to His own: a preference shown by His oblation, which persists eternally. This perfect love of Christ for His Father was stabilized by His death and will abide throughout eternity.” (1962 Roman Missal, Angelus Press)

    It is the disposition of Christ at the moment of death, His utter selfless love and devotion to the Father, rather than Himself which is perpetually offered in heaven. Death occurs once, suffering occurred and is now past, however the selfless Love of Christ, His ultimate sacrifice of His will to that of the Father, is perpetual, and continues to manifest in the Eucharist of the Mass.

    Thanks for you blog!

  2. The second sentence is important “every Mass is the one immolation of Christ repeated in the Act of Oblation”. The Mass is the oblation, Christ’s sacrifice. The SSPX is hardly an authority.

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