Written on 13 April 2015, 18.16 by Gene C.Alberto

What is the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass?

The Mass is the sacrifice of Christ through the ministry of the priest, offers Himself to the Father in an unbloody manner under the appearance of bread and wine.  It is an act of love, our share in the great act of love that Christ made on the Cross

Is there any difference between the Cross and the Sacrifice of the Mass?

In the manner in which the sacrifice is offered is different.  On the Cross Christ physically shed His Blood and was physically slain, while in Mass there is no physical shedding of blood nor physical death, because Christ can die no more in the Cross.  He gained merit and satisfied for us, while in the Mass He applies to us the merits and satisfaction for His death on the Cross.

ON THE CROSS

CHRIST REALLY DIED

There were shouts, darkness, an earthquake, soldiers casting lots, and so forth

Christ alone was the priest and He alone was the victim.

 

IN THE MASS

CHRIST DOES NOT REALLY DIE

These details are not continued in the Mass.

Christ unites all the members of His Mystical Body in His priesthood and His victimhood.

 

How can we best unite with the priest in the offering of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass?

We can do it by joining in mind and heart with Christ, the principal Priest and Victim by following the Mass devotedly and by reciting or singing the responses.  Join our intention to that of the Church.   Let the Lord’s dispositions be our dispositions.  Be humble.  Be trusting.  Be loving.  Imitate the Victim we offer.

Do this, and we all shall surely be satisfied with the abundance of God’s grace.  For he is the fountain of life flowing continuously in the Mass and the Eucharist.

 

References: Mt 26:26-28, Lk 24:30-31, Jn 6:51-56, 60, 66. Heb 7:24;...

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Writing As Means of Worship

Last March 20, 2015 (Saturday), Me and Ate Kriztel Aguirre attended the Didache Youth Writing Workshop, held at Sacro Costato Retreat House in Quezon City. The Workshop was conducted by Ms. Karren Renz Sena of the Light of Jesus Community to meet and gather potential youth writers who can write gospel and reading reflections for Didache Youth. It started with a praise and worship song and a little introduction about their group. Some pointers about the privileges and importance of writing were shared.

Writing Helps us to: 1) Remember; 2) Recover;        3) Relive; 4) Release; 5) Restore; 6) Recognize; 7) Revolt

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The Week that Changed the World

Today, more than ever, we need to reaffirm the astounding message that God so loved us that He sent His own Son to suffer and die for us and the central event of our Christian faith – the Resurrection of our Lord Jesus.

In the midst of all the difficulties and challenges of the present times, the message of Lent and Easter becomes more urgent so that we can maintain our faith and hope that indeed God is with us, reconciliation is possible, and good will come out of all these.

And as we share this final journey with the Lord, let us remind ourselves that our lives are journey too that takes us to Him…and He is always with us.

PALM SUNDAY. Palm Sunday marks the day when the people sang praise to Jesus as He entered Jerusalem.  It was a day of triumph for Him, a day when the hearts of people overflowed with love for Him and welcomed Him with palms they strew His way with song they greeted Him.

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Lakbay Dalangin 2015: The Art of Contemplation

My first Lakbay Dalangin experience started when I received a call from one of my mentors (in Paeskwela) and asked me if I am free for friday’s activity.  I hesitated at first since I’ll be missing my lessons but after weighing the pros and cons of joining this pilgrimage, I decided to join.  We gathered at the parish grounds around 6 in the morning and headed to our destination, Regina RICA (Rosarii Institute of Contemplation in Asia) at Tanay, Rizal. The first thing I learned after arriving at the RICA was the word contemplation.  Contemplation is a silent prayer.  We all need to contemplate at least 20 minutes a day to free our mind from all the stress and the noise this world has.  As I did all the activities at the top of the hill, I realized that indeed the world is very noisy and crowded.  And that everyone needs to have a silent time with God.

Maybe for others who joined the pilgrimage, they will say that their favorite spot will be at the foot of the gigantic Mama Mary, but for me, it is the small space beside her image. It is a labyrinth in which you need to follow the bricks to be able to go out, and as you follow the bricks, you need to say a prayer.  After doing this, I decided to write an article about Lakbay Dalangin.

I felt really blessed the moment I received the call, during the activities and as I write this article.  It was tiring but I enjoyed it because I was with my family.  My mind, body and soul was really relaxed after the activities and it was like I was a computer that has been scanned and cleansed of the virus from my system.

 

 

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