Jesus’ love ran red so yours could be white as snow. Think about that sacrifice. Think about that gift. Then, when you feel like you can get up again, take those once-somber feet and tell the world about what He has done to make you new.
I hope this post helps you understand the Traditional Catholic Mass,
which has done so much for my relationship with Jesus! As Cardinal
Newman said, “I could attend masses forever and not be tired. It is not a
mere form of words – it is a great action, the greatest action that
can be on earth… He becomes present on the altar in flesh and blood,
before Whom angels bow and devils tremble.”
The different parts of the Mass and their meanings, in two halves:
MASS OF THE CATECHUMENS
PRAYERS AT THE FOOT OF THE ALTAR: Priest adores God INTROIT: “Entrance” Prayer to hasten God’s advent KYRIE:Greek, A cry to the Trinity for mercy GLORIA: Angelic Hymn, an exultation of praise COLLECTS: Prayers of the day EPISTLE: Letters and teachings of Apostles GRADUAL: Psalm to unite prayers with instruction ALLELUIA: Hebrew, “Praise the Lord” GOSPEL: The words of Christ SERMON: Explanation of the Gospel CREED: “I believe” Profession of faith.
MASS OF THE FAITHFUL
OFFERTORY ANTIPHON: Preparation for oblation (sacrifice) OFFERTORY: Bread, wine, & hearts of people offered to God SECRET: Prayer that the offerings are worthy SANCTUS: “Holy, holy, holy” Canticle of the Angels PRAYERS OF REMEMBRANCE: Prayer for the living PRAYERS OF OFFERING: Petition for peace, deliverance, to get to heaven CONSECRATION: Action of Christ. Bread=body, wine=blood PRAYERS OF OFFERING: Recalls the old law sacrifices, remember Calvary PRAYERS OF REMEMBRANCE: Prayer for the dead in purgatory DOXOLOGY: All things sanctified & blessed through Cross of our Redeemer PATER NOSTER: “Our Father” Preparation for Communion BREAKING OF THE HOST: Imitates Savior who broke bread for the Apostles AGNUS DEI: Christ is the Lamb from the Old & New Testament prophets COMMUNION: The infinite God, in His infinite love, grants an infinite gift POSTCOMMUNION: Prayer of thanksgiving for the Body and Blood DISMISSAL: Priest dismisses the people, sends them out into the world BENEDICTION: Priest humbly thanks God for allowing participation in sacrifice LAST GOSPEL: Summary of the benefits we partake through Christ’s Sacrifice
He beckons us saying, “Beloved, the war is over! A ceasefire was established when I laid my life down for yours. It is finished. Rest.” Sometimes we need to allow Christ to fight our battles. His armor will protect us. His love will lead us on.