Holy Mass as a Sacrifice
“ and like living stones be yourselves built into a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices
acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.”  (1 Peter 2:5)

“For from the rising of the sun to its setting my name is great among the nations, and in every place incense is
offered to my name, and a pure offering; for my name is great among the nations, says the LORD of hosts.”  (Mal.
“So if you are
offering your gift at the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you,
leave your gift there before the altar and go; first be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift.  
(Matt 5:23-24)

“Through him then let us
continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that
acknowledge his name. Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such
sacrifices are pleasing to
God.”  (Hebrew 13:15-16)

“The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not a
participation in the blood of Christ? The bread which we break,
is it not a
participation in the body of Christ? Because there is one bread, we who are many are one body, for we
all partake of the one bread.”  (1 Cor 10:16-17)
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Non-Catholics often believe that Catholics re-sacrifice Christ during Holy Mass.   This
is simply not true.  The Catholic Mass is the same sacrifice as the sacrifice of the cross
Christ. Christ, though invisible, is the principal minister, offering Himself in the Mass.
The priest is the visible and secondary minister, offering Christ in the Mass. The
manner in which the sacrifice is offered is different. On the cross Christ physically
shed His blood and was physically slain, while in the Mass there is no physical
shedding of blood nor physical death, because Christ can die no more; on the cross
Christ gained merit and satisfied for us, while in the Mass He applies to us the merits
and satisfaction of His death on the cross.  The Catholic Church is the only Church
which offers up this sacrifice to the Father.
Here are a few Bible verses on Sacrifice:
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By Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers

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