Many Catholics have ceased attending the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass since the promulgation by Pope Paul VI, following the Second Vatican Council, of the Novus ordo missae. They use many different excuses for their action, such as; It is celebrated in the vernacular, instead of Latin, the translations are not accurate, the people have too much to say in the “new Mass”, the priest faces the people instead of facing the same direction as the people, Communion is received in the hand, etc., etc.
These are all lame excuses, given for one reason or another, but they “just don’t hold water!”
Let’s begin with Communion in the hand. This is no modern innovation. The Gregorian Sacramentary of Pope St. Gregory I, (Gregory the Great) mentioned Communion in the hand in the sixth century. For many centuries this was the norm, therefore, where do some people get the idea that this is only a result of Vatican II?
Mass in the vernacular was the norm for the first three centuries of our Church. It was only around the end of the third century that Latin was declared to be the language of the Mass. Prior to then the Mass was said in Aramaic, the language of Jesus and the Apostles.
The first Mass, recorded by St. Justin Martyr, written in the second century mentions the Word of God being recited and read, the gifts of bread and wine being presented, the offering of the gifts to God, the consecration of the bread and wine into the Body and Blood of Jesus, and the consummation of the sacrifice by those present. Over the centuries additions and changes have been added to, or made, to the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, but those five original requirements were always present, just as they are today.
Those who deny the validity of the Novus ordo missae and claim that the Tridentine Mass of the Council of Trent is the only true Mass should study the Council of Trent a little more closely. They would find that when it was promulgated in the sixteenth century it was stated at that time that any Mass over two hundred years old would also be considered valid. The many changes and additions to the Tridentine Mass over the years have not changed its validity, nor has the new order of Mass changed the validity of the Sacrifice dating back to the Last Supper.
The words of consecration of the wine into the Blood of Jesus in the Tridentine Mass are: “For this is the chalice of my Blood of the new and eternal covenant: the mystery of faith which shall be shed FOR YOU AND FOR MANY unto the remission of sins.” In the Novus ordo missae (new order of Mass) the words are translated as: “Take this all of you, and drink from it: this is the cup of my blood, the blood of the new and everlasting covenant. It will be shed for you and FOR ALL MEN (not just for many) so that sins MAY BE FORGIVEN. Do this in memory of me.”
Those who object to the wording of the Novus ordo consecration complain that Jesus offered His Blood for MANY, NOT FOR ALL MEN, but this is not the teaching of the Catholic Church, nor has it been for two thousand years! Correct Church teaching is that Jesus died in order to permit all people to seek salvation, not just a chosen few! In the Tridentine Mass for Holy Thursday, in the consecration of the bread, Jesus uses the phrase: “… Who, on the day before He suffered for our salvation and that of all men, (omnium) that is, This Day, took bread into His holy and venerable hands, etc. etc.”, but in the canon of the Mass for the rest of the year we use the phrase:”...which shall be shed for you and for many unto the forgiveness of sins.” The definition of the word many, in this case applies to all men, as is clearly stated in the words of the original Mass in the upper room on Holy Thursday. The wording of the statement speaks for itself; Jesus said: “…so that sins MAY be forgiven, not that they WILL be forgiven. We have to seek the forgiveness of our sins, and all mankind is offered that forgiveness, by His sacrifice, if they only ask for it!
Whether in an antique, embroidered, traditional wedding gown, or a beautiful new wedding gown, the BRIDE IS STILL BEAUTIFUL!!!
Fred Paschall, MI
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