An image of the Mass

Friends in Christ,
today we read of those two disciples walking the road to Emmaus. They encounter Jesus, whom at first they do not recognize until the ‘Breaking of the Bread.’ This phrase is used in scripture to signify the Mass: ‘The Breaking of the Bread’ – it occurs in numerous places.
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At the Last Supper Christ gave us the first Mass. Here, on the road to Emmaus, St. Luke gives us a sort of image of the Mass.
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There are two main parts of the Mass: the liturgy of the word, and the liturgy of the Eucharist. St. Luke illustrates this by the way he tells the events at Emmaus. We see that first Jesus explains the scriptures to them, showing them everything in the scriptures that refer to himself. So here we see an image of the Liturgy of the word, just as we are doing now, explaining the scriptures.
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Then the Breaking of the Bread, and all the code words for the Sacred Liturgy are here: He took, blessed, broke, and gave it to them. So, the Liturgy of the Eucharist. And notice that once they have the Eucharist, once they have the Body of the Lord before them, Jesus disappears. Christ is saying: you don’t need to see me now, I am present with you now sacramentally; and as he said: I will be with you all days, even until the end of the world.
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What is, this Holy Mass, which Our Lord has left us? Here is what the great theologian, Nicholas Gihr says:
‘On the cross, Christ obtained the price of the Redemption of the world. At Holy Mass this Eternal Sacrifice is made present in time, that this Treasure of grace may be applied to us. On the Cross the Fountain of eternal redemption was opened, and from our altars, It pours forth It’s streams to the thirsty children of God.
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Consecrating the Sacred Host and the Chalice, the priest’s words produce the Mystical Immolation – the separation of Christ’s Body and Blood. Then, having announced the death of Christ, it is time to proclaim his Resurrection. A part of the Sacred Host is placed into the chalice, reuniting the Body and Blood of the Lord, a sign of resurrection. And in Holy Communion, our bodies and souls mingle with our Beloved Savior.
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Our Lord commissioned that these Mysteries of Eternal Life be unceasingly offered, and this we do, in all the churches of the universe until the end of time.

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