And Elias, the prophet, stood up, as a fire, and his word burnt like a torch (Ecclesiasticus. 48.1, DRV)

Saturday, April 14, 2012

"My sacrifice and yours...": The Priesthood of the Ordained Christian "Minister" and that of the Laity


Feast of St. Justin Martyr
The most illustrious opponent of pagan philosophers

Mid-summer of 1916 in Fatima, Portugal, the angel returned and admonished Lucy, Francisco, and Jacinta who lounged in the shade of a fig tree after returning early from the hills to shelter the sheep they tended in a barn: “What are you doing? Pray, pray very much! The Holy Hearts of Jesus and Mary have merciful designs concerning you. Offer prayers and sacrifices constantly to the Most High!”

“How must we sacrifice?” Lucy asked. The angel replied: Offer God a sacrifice of anything you can as an act of reparation for the sins with which He is offended, and as a supplication for the conversion of sinners. Draw peace upon your country by doing this... Above all, accept and endure whatever suffering the Lord sends you.”

The priesthood of the ordained minister with its propitiatory sacramental sacrifice.

In today’s Epistle (2 Pet. 2.1-10), the Word of God exhorts us: “Be you… as living stones built up, a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.” By “SPIRITUAL sacrifices” the angel teaches us: the sufferings and sacrifices we bear in our circumstances – and these are acceptable only to God BY Jesus Christ, that is, as we unite our sacrifices with the PROPITIATORY SACRAMENTAL sacrifice of our High Priest (Heb. 10.21), Our Lord Jesus Christ, on His high altar [cf., our post "We have an altar (Heb. 13.10): The Institution of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass"]: this is true and authentic Catholic "participation", not the Vatican II fad after the manner of the Lutherans or Anglicans and not the 'spirited' Pentecostals! Note, then, the distinction between the priesthood of the laity and the priesthood of the ordained ministers (the Levites, cf., Jer. 33.22) of the New Covenant who stand at the high altar before the face of God (cf., Ex. 33.11; 2 Par. 29.11) which our Holy Church teaches us through her Holy Sacrifice of the Mass in the “Orate Fratres”: “Brethren, pray that MY sacrifice and YOURS may be acceptable to God the Almighty Father.” – a distinction suppressed* in the ‘Novus Ordo Missae’ (the New Mass of 1969) “fabricated” (Card. Ratzinger, now Pope Benedict XVI, in Msgr. Gamber’s “The Reform of the Roman Liturgy” – French Ed.) by Annibale Bugnini (dismissed by Pope Paul VI for being a Freemason, cf., our post “The Catholic Sanctuary Prefigured in OT (II)“).
* In the ‘Novus Ordo Missae’, the faithful are gathered around the “presider” facing them (as in a democratic assembly) in such a way as “to make it understood that the liturgy is an action of the entire people of God” (Bugnini, adopting the erroneous Protestant conception**) and not only properly of the priest.

** "The priest is not somebody who does things that the ordinary faithful don't do; he is not 'another Christ' (alter Christus), any more than any other baptized person."

No, this is not a 'Catholic' "Novus Ordo Missae" of 1969. This is a Protestant 'Commemorative Supper' held at St. Andrew's (Anglican) Cathedral Inverness in Scotland.

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Salvation is in the "Blood of the Lamb"

Apocalypse XIV now unfolding (cf., our posts "The Wine of the Wrath of God" and "After Pope Benedict XVI, the 'Last' Roman Pontiff?"). The divine chastisement of world-wide conflagration (Lk. 17.29-30, cf., our post "Our Lady, Vatican II Disorientation, and the Annihilation of Many Nations") to annihilate the 'super-power' and cities and nations drunk with the wine of its immodesty, impurity, fornication, homosexuality, and blasphemies (Apoc. 14.8) is imminent - the close of our end-times period (distinct from the consummation of the world, Mt. 28.20).

They... have made them white in the Blood of the Lamb
(Apoc. 7.14) ... All things... are cleansed with Blood: and without shedding of Blood there is no remission (Heb. 9.22).

The Blood of the [Divine] Lamb can be availed of in the traditional Rite of the Sacrament of Penance (cf., our post "On Concealing Sins in Confession") and of the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist (the Traditional Latin Mass). Go to our traditional Catholic Mass Centers (links on the left-side bar of this site). Flee to the mountains... (Mt. 24.16).

See also the Messages and Appeals (on the upper right-side bar) of the Apocalyptic Woman in her title of Our Lady of Fatima.