The main purpose of the elevation is so that the faithful may in faith humbly adore our Lord, for what is hidden to the senses, we perceive only by the light of faith.  The phrase “mystery of faith” is not what one hears at the N.O.  It has nothing to do with “Christ has died; Christ has risen…”, etc.  Rather, explains Gihr, the expression indicates that “The twofold Consecration is a mystical shedding of blood, and places before our eyes in a most lively manner the bloody death of Christ sacrificed on the Cross… He again sheds It for us in a mystical manner on the altar …Christ’s sacrificial Blood in the chalice is a mystery of the unsearchable depth and obscurity of the Eucharistic Sacrifice.”

He continues:  “As once on Mount Calvary, so Christ here on the altar, as the Great Mediator, as the true Victim and as the Eternal Highpriest is elevated betwixt Heaven and earth, to reconcile God and Man, inasmuch as He moves the Heavenly Father to mercy and forgiveness, and rouses sinful man to love and compunction.”

Prayer:  “Lord Jesus Christ, who from Thy saving wounds didst make the fountain of Thy grace flow to us; grant that as often as unchaste desires or evil affections assault me, I may presently run to Thy wounds, and from them draw my remedy.  Amen.”

From the Roman Catholic Daily Missal: “As the High Priest once entered the Holy of Holies with the blood of victims, so, in a more excellent manner, Christ enters into heaven, the true Holy of Holies, after having shed His own Blood which He offers to God His Father.”  Of our Lord, St. Paul speaks in Hebrews, 9:13:   “…neither by the blood of goats, or of calves, but by his own Blood, entered once into the Holies, having obtained eternal redemption. For if the blood of goats and of oxen, and the ashes of an heifer being sprinkled, sanctify such as are defiled, to the cleansing of the flesh: how much more shall the Blood of Christ, Who, by the Holy Ghost, offered himself unspotted unto God…”


About ihmprayforme

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

    Thank you for posting this. Having read it I began looking for the previous 22 posts, and now have some quality reading to treat myself to over the next few weeks. May God bless you,

    • ihmprayforme says:

      As I work on this project, I too, am greatly benefiting. We hope to find a publisher so that people may be able to take a booklet with them to Mass and pray accordingly. I’ve been assisting at Mass by visualizing the scenes as portrayed in these graphics, and I cannot express to you how profoundly I am taken up with the Mass as it unfolds! Praying this way, I can attest to the fact that the TLM is the closest thing this side of Heaven!

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