POPE’S MASS FOR 46,000: WHAT IT MEANS 04/17/2008

By Moody Adams
“Benedict presided over Mass at the new Washington Nationals stadium, with a congregation-for-a-day of 46,000 people looking on. It was held on a beautiful, sun-splashed spring morning, with early cheers turning to silence from the faithful as the service began in earnest” (Marisol Bello, USA TODAY)

In a Catholic mass the presiding priest is transformed into Christ and all the treasures of Christ are become the possessions of those who participate.

“So that the bloody sacrifice was the instrument of redemption; the unbloody is that which put us in possession: the one threw open the treasury of the merits of Christ” (“The Hidden Treasure Holy Mass” By: St. Leonard of Port Maurice)

The learned and pious Catholic scholar Marchantius declared that every time Mass is said the Incarnation of the Son of God is renewed. He writes: "What is the Mass if not a forcible and complete re-presentation, nay, renewal, of the Incarnation, the birth, the life, the sufferings and the death of Christ, and the redemption that He wrought…Christ becomes incarnate anew whenever Holy Mass is celebrated.”

Catholics accept the church’s traditions and the Pope’s edicts as inspired of God. Protestants, who only accept the Bible, find the Mass contradicts their authority, the Bible: Hebrews 10:11, “And every priest standeth daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins: (10:12)But this man, after he had offered ONE sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God;(10:13)From henceforth expecting till his enemies be made his footstool. 10:14 For BY ONE OFFERING HE HATH PERFECTED FOR EVER THEM THAT ARE SANCTIFIED. 10:15 Whereof the Holy Ghost also is a witness to us: for after that he had said before, 10:16 This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them; 10:17 And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more. 10:18 Now where remission of these is, there is no more offering for sin.”

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