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83. The Rite of the Holy Eucharist

1. Christ is truly sacrificed in the Holy Eucharist atMass, but not in a bloody manner, that is, not with the shedding ofhis blood and his death in consequence. St. Augustine says:"Christ was sacrificed once in himself, and yet he issacrificed daily in the Sacrament."

2. The time of celebrating the Eucharistic Sacrifice isset by the Church.

3. Mass is to be celebrated in a suitable place, usuallyindoors, and with vessels that are blessed or consecrated to theirsacred use.

4. Surrounding the words of Christ which are theform of the sacrament of Holy Eucharist, the Church,through the ages, has reverently arranged pertinent prayers ofpraise and adoration, of penance, of thanksgiving, of petition.

5. The action of the Mass in which the matter(bread and wine) of the Eucharist is offered to God, thenconsecrated by use of the form, and then received in HolyCommunion, is filled with suitable ceremonies prescribed by theChurch.

6. If the priest who is celebrating Mass is unable tocontinue because of a sudden illness, or if he dies at the altar,his Mass is not completed unless he has already consecrated thehost or the host and the chalice. In this case, another priestfinishes the Mass and thus completes the sacrifice.

"The more you know and the better you understand, the more severely will you be judged, unless your life is also the more holy. Do not be proud, therefore, because of your learning or skill. Rather, fear because of the talent given you."
Thomas á Kempis

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"A person who rails at God in adversity, suffers without merit; moreover by his lack of resignation he adds to his punishment in the next life and experiences greater disquietude of mind in this life."
St Alphonsus de Liguori

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"The essence of perfection is to embrace the will of God in all things, prosperous or adverse. In prosperity, even sinners find it easy to unite themselves to the divine will; but it takes saints to unite themselves to God's will when things go wrong and are painful to self-love. Our conduct in such instances is the measure of our love of God."
St Alphonsus de Liguori

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