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2020 Jubilee 2021
YEAR OF THE EUCHARIST - 8/30


MYSTERIUM FIDEI
("MYSTERY OF FAITH",
ENCYCLICAL LETTER OF
POPE PAUL VI)

 

The Mystery of the Eucharist Is Verified in the Sacrifice of the Mass (continued)

Moreover, the Apostle Paul, who has faithfully transmitted to us what he had received from the Lord, is clearly speaking of the Eucharistic Sacrifice when he points out that Christians, precisely because they have been made partakers at the table of the Lord, ought not to take part in pagan sacrifices. “Is not this cup we bless,” he says, “a participation in Christ’s Blood? Is not the Bread we break a participation in Christ’s Body?... To drink the Lord’s cup, and yet to drink the cup of evil spirits, to share the Lord’s feast, and to share the feast of evil spirits, is impossible for you.” Foreshadowed by Malachias, this new offering of the New Testament has always been offered by the Church, in accordance with the teaching of Our Lord and Apostles, “Not only to atone for the sins of the living faithful and to appeal for their other needs, but also to help these who have died in Christ but have not yet been completely purified.” 

Passing over other citations, we recall merely the testimony rendered by St. Cyril of Jerusalem, who wrote the following memorable instruction for his neophytes [the newly baptized]: 

“After the Spiritual Sacrifice, the unbloody act of worship has been completed. Bending over this propitiatory offering, we beg God to grant peace to all the Churches, to give harmony to the whole world, to bless our rulers, our soldiers, and our companions, to aid the sick and afflicted, and in general to assist all who stand in need; and then we offer the Victim also for our deceased holy ancestors and bishops and for all our dead. As we do this, we are filled with the conviction that this Sacrifice will be the greatest help to those souls for whom prayers are being offered in the very presence of our holy and awesome Victim.” 

 

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Mary Immaculate of Lourdes is Newton and Needham Massachusetts's oldest Roman Catholic Parish. Founded as Saint Mary's Parish in 1870 it was renamed "Mary Immaculate of Lourdes" when the new Church was dedicated on Thanksgiving Day, 1910. In addition to being a regular territorial parish of the Archdiocese of Boston it is also a "Mission Parish" since 2007 with a special apostolate for the Traditional Latin Mass (1962 Missal).

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