Sacrifice-Banquet of the New Covenant
Icon of the Year of the Eucharist : October 2004 - 2005
Sacrificial Banquet of True Love
Some quotations from the Catechism of the Catholic Church [CCC], the Bible, and John Paul II on the Sacrifice of the Mass.
“The Mass is at the same time, and inseparably, the sacrificial memorial in which the sacrifice of the cross is perpetuated and the sacred banquet of communion with the Lord's body and blood.” [CCC 1382]
“Jesus chose the time
of Passover to fulfill what he had announced at Capernaum: giving
his disciples his Body and his Blood’
“The Eucharistic celebration always includes: the proclamation of the Word of God; thanksgiving to God the Father for all his benefits, above all the gift of his Son; the consecration of bread and wine; and participation in the liturgical banquet by receiving the Lord's body and blood. These elements constitute one single act of worship.” [CCC 1408]
“ … The sacrificial character of the Eucharist is manifested in the very words of institution: ‘This is my body which is given for you’ and ‘This cup which is poured out for you is the New Covenant in my blood.’ In the Eucharist Christ gives us the very body which he gave up for us on the cross, the very blood which he ‘poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.’ ” [ CCC 1365]
“ … The Church which is the Body of Christ participates in the offering of her Head. … The lives of the faithful, their praise, sufferings, prayer, and work, are united with those of Christ and with his total offering, and so acquire a new value. Christ’s sacrifice present on the altar makes it possible for all generations of Christians to be united with his offering.” [ CCC 1368]
“The whole Church is
united with the offering and intercession of Christ.
“The Lord's Supper, because of its connection with the supper which the Lord took with his disciples on the eve of his Passion and because it anticipates the wedding feast of the Lamb in the heavenly Jerusalem.” [ CCC 1329]
“As bodily nourishment restores lost strength, so the Eucharist strengthens our charity, which tends to be weakened in daily life … By giving himself to us Christ revives our love and enables us to break our disordered attachments to creatures and root ourselves in him … Having received the gift of love, let us die to sin and live for God.” [ CCC 1394]
Read the Commentary of Rev. Msgr. Anthony A. La Femina on his icon above at the Adoremus web site.
Also, see Rev. Msgr. Anthony A. La Femina's Pro-Life Icon of the Annunciation.
I suggest gazing on the beautiful icon above while meditating on one of the following themes:
Humility, Redemption, Obedience, Love, Eucharist, Thanksgiving, Mary, Church, Priesthood, Leadership, Passover, Lamb's Supper, Heavenly Banquet, Mission, Evangelization, Life, Communion of Saints, Fatherhood, Motherhood, Family, Worship, Mass, Sacrifice, Suffering, Salvation, Virtue, or Trinity.
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