THEOLOGY OF THE TRADITIONAL LATIN MASS #14

In anticipation of the Transubstantiation about to occur (hostia=victim) the Church prays: “Accept, O Holy Father, Almighty and eternal God, this spotless host, which I, thine unworthy servant, offer to Thee, my living and true God, to atone for my countless sins, offenses and negligences; on behalf of all here present and likewise for all faithful Christians living and dead; that it may avail for my own and for their salvation unto life everlasting.”

The Holy Trinity is addressed, with the Holy Spirit specifically invoked to come and sanctify. From the Roman Catholic Daily Missal, 1962: “The celebrant prays that the Lord would graciously receive him and the faithful people, for the sake of their humble, penitential sentiments, as a spiritual sacrifice….In the Offertory, Christ unites our desires and prayers to His own offerings of Himself to the Father.  As our intentions are joined to the Passion of Christ, they assume the value of the Passion  in the  eyes of God.”

At this point, we may recall the continuation of Our Lord’s Passion when He was scourged: “Lord Jesus Christ, who for me wouldst be bound unto a pillar, and there cruelly whipped; give me grace to willingly bear the rods of Thy paternal correction and never more to scourge Thee by my sins.  Amen.”

Much has already been written on the impoverished Offertory of the N.O. Suffice to say that it does not make clear the sacrificial and expiatory nature of the Mass; our Triune God is not mentioned; the Holy Ghost is not invoked to come and sanctify the offering of ourselves in a spiritual sacrifice.

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lifelong Catholic; homeschooled our children; have been regularly attending the Tridentine Mass for at least the past 17 years.
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