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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 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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"The supreme perfection of man in this life is to be so united to God that all his soul with all its faculties and powers are so gathered into the Lord God that he becomes one spirit with him, and remembers nothing except God, is aware of and recognises nothing but God, but with all his desires unified by the joy of love, he rests contentedly in the enjoyment of his Maker alone."
St Albert the Great

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"When the devil has failed in making a man fall, he puts forward all his energies to create distrust between the penitent and the confessor, and so by little and little he gains his end at last."
St Philip Neri

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