A Meditation on the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass

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Published on Apr 18, 2013
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(COMING SOON…in the coming week, I will add “subtitles” to the video explaining, in detail, the symbolism of the Passion for each part of the Mass.)

BACKSTORY

“A Meditation on the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass” represents a difficult journey over the course of one week.

Some days back, a viewer on YouTube sent a kind request, asking me to produce a film showcasing the beauty and richness of the Latin Mass. I started the project, but never imagined where it would lead.

I worked on the video each day after work from 7pm – 3am for five consecutive nights. It was a draining experience. But I am satisfied with the end result.

PURPOSE

“A Meditation on the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass” is not meant to be a mere inspirational drama, but a heartfelt prayer, a Catholic meditation.

It should be viewed as such: Focused. Silent. Penitent.

My sincere hope is that you will grow in your love for God, and your Faith will be strengthened.

SYMBOLISM

After previewing the movie for my family, they expressed concern about some of the symbolism, particularly the scene of the Kiss of Judas and the priest kissing the altar. Please know that I based everything on ancient Catholic teaching. For example:

“When the priest kisses the altar, he is kissing Christ, *faithfully,* in contradiction to the kiss of betrayal by Judas.” In a sense, the priest is making atonement for the betrayal of Judas.

“The priest reading the Introit represents Christ being falsely accused by Annas and blasphemed.”

“The priest going to the middle of the altar and saying the Kyrie Eleison represents Christ being brought to Caiphas and these three times denied by Peter.”

“The priest saying the ‘Dominus vobiscum’ represents Christ looking at Peter and converting him.”

“The priest saying the ‘Orate Fratres’ represents Christ being shown by Pilate to the people with the words ‘Ecce Homo.'”

“The priest praying in a low voice represents Christ being mocked and spit upon.”

“The priest blessing the bread and wine represents Christ being nailed to the cross.”

“The priest elevating the host represents Christ being raised on the cross.”

“The priest goes to the Epistle side and prays signifying how Jesus was led before Pilate and falsely accused.”

“The priest goes to the Gospel-side, where he reads the Gospel, signifying how Christ was sent from Pilate to Herod, and was mocked and derided by the latter.”

“The priest goes from the Gospel side again to the middle of the altar – this signifies how Jesus was sent back from Herod to Pilate.”

“The priest uncovers the chalice, recalling how Christ was stripped for the scourging.”

“The priest offers bread and wine, signifying how Jesus was bound to the pillar and scourged.”

“The priest washes his hands, signifying how Pilate declared Jesus innocent by washing his hands.”

“The priest covers the chalice after the Offertory recalling how Jesus was crowned with thorns.”

“The priest breaking and separating the host represents Christ giving up His spirit.”

“The priest saying the Agnus Dei represents Christ being acknowledged on the cross as the Son of God by many bystanders.”

“The priest saying the Last Gospel, which are the first words of the beloved disciple St. John, represents sending the Apostles into all parts of the world to preach the Gospel and preserving His Holy Church for all time.”

PARTING THOUGHTS
from Calvary and the Mass, by Fulton J. Sheen

Christ’s final words: “It is finished.”

Too many of us end our lives, but few of us see them finished. A sinful life may end, but a sinful life is never a finished life.

Our Lord finished His work, but we have not finished ours. He pointed the way we must follow. He laid down the Cross at the finish, but we must take it up. He finished Redemption in His physical Body, but we have not finished it in His Mystical Body.

He has finished the Sacrifice of Calvary;
we must finish the Mass…

SPECIAL THANKS

Video Credit
The Passion of the Christ — Mel Gibson

Audio Credit (in order)
Mary Goes to Jesus — The Passion Soundtrack, administered by SME Alleluia — Monks of Fontgombault
Kyrie Eleison — Monks of Fontgombault Miserere — Gregorio Allegri (1582-1652) O Magnum Mysterium — Morten Lauridsen (1943-present)
Crucifixion — The Passion Soundtrack, administered by SME
Mary Goes to Jesus — The Passion Soundtrack, administered by SME

Text Credit
Introductory text — Padre Pio
Spoken Bible Verses — Max McLean
Closing text (edited for space) — Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen, Calvary and the Mass

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