Choose a topic from Part 3a:

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.

"This is the greatest wisdom -- to seek the kingdom of heaven through contempt of the world. "
Thomas á Kempis

* * *

"O Lord, my God, who will seek you with simple and pure love, and not find that you are all one can desire, for you show yourself first and go out to meet those who seek you? "
St John of the Cross, OCD - Doctor of the Church

* * *

"It is not God's will that we should abound in spiritual delights, but that in all things we should submit to his holy will."
Blessed Henry Suso

* * *