Friday, March 27, 2009

Sacrifice of the Mass

Q: Why do they call it the Sacrifice of the Mass? My brother says it is because it is a sacrifice to have to get up on Sunday morning to go.

A: Obviously your brother has a good sense of humor but doesn’t have a very good understanding of exactly what the Mass is.

We shouldn’t take the Mass for granted, it's very important. Maybe you could use this as an opportunity to fix that. The consecration is called the Sacrifice of the Mass because it is done in remembrance of how Jesus died on the cross for us in the ultimate sacrifice. It's also called the “un-bloody sacrifice.” The consecration is awfully important; it's when the bread and wine are transformed into the Most Precious Body and Blood of Jesus Christ.