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Title: This Holy Exchange of Gifts: The Sacrifice of the Mass

This Holy Exchange of Gifts The Sacrifice of
the Mass
  • Blessed Sacrament Parish Mission
  • Scottsdale, Arizona
  • March, 2007

Exchange of Gifts
  • What is the most memorable gift you ever received
    in your life?
  • What makes a gift memorable?
  • Do you remember the gifts you received at
  • How is the Mass an exchange of gifts?

What Do Some People Say About Mass?
  • Mass is boring!
  • I dont get anything out of Mass. It is the
    same old thing time and time again.
  • I have other things to do than go to Mass.
  • Only old people go to Mass. It does not offer
    anything for us who are young people!

Human Priorities
  • What is the most noble action that a human being
    can perform?
  • Answer Worship of God!
  • Worship of God is the best way to witness the
    Mystery of Christ in the Church. This is who we
  • Holy God, we praise thy Name.

Covenant Relationship
  • I must first be in right relationship with God.
  • When I am in right relationship with God, then I
    can begin to love myself.
  • It is not me who first loved God, but it is God,
    who first loved me. I must receive His love and
    I must accept His love.
  • When I accept His love, then and only then, can I
    begin to love my neighbor, sharing the gift of
    Gods love.

Sacrifice of the Covenant
  • Jesus Christ is the full revelation of the
    Sacrifice of the New and Everlasting Covenant.
  • This is the cup of my blood.
  • By uniting ourselves with the Sacrifice of the
    Body and Blood of Christ, we make our lives a
    sacrifice to God. We love God and serve Him

Love Is Gods Gift to Me
  • The gift of love is given by God to me. That
    love is Gods life. God is love and whoever
    abides in love, abides in God and God in him.
    (I John 416)
  • I must receive that gift of life and love.
  • I must accept that gift of life and love.
  • I must allow the gift of life and love to
    transform me.
  • I must share the gift of Gods life and love.

Sunday vs. The Weekend
  • How do I see the weekend?
  • What do I do on the weekend?
  • Sunday is the first day of the new week, a time
    to reestablish my covenant with God, to recommit
    my love to God, my desire to refocus my life in
    the way of the Lord.
  • How do I do this personally? Communally?

The Pre-Exchange of Gifts
  • Proximate Preparation of the Pre-Exchange
  • Daily Prayer
  • Scripture Reading
  • Faithfully living the daily duties of our
    vocation in life
  • Daily repentance of sin and frequent reception of
    the Sacrament of Reconciliation
  • Immediate Preparation of the Pre-Exchange
  • Prayerful recollection on the Lords Day
  • Arriving early to Mass for private prayer
  • Time to silent self as we enter into the Divine
  • Eucharistic Fast lex orandi, lex credendi (as
    we pray, so we believe)
  • What intentions do I bring to this Mass? Who
    should I remember today?
  • Appropriate attire
  • Embracing the Sabbath rest for the entire day

Proper Attire
  • We dress for the occasion.
  • Sunday best clothes
  • Not for show but for worship
  • The celebration of Mass is not about us! It is
    worship of God!
  • The sea of red at Arrowhead…what does this

Preparation Prayer
  • Priest of God, say this Mass as if it were
  • your first Mass,
  • your last Mass,
  • your only Mass.
  • People of God, celebrate this Mass as if it were
  • your first Mass,
  • your last Mass,
  • your only Mass.

How Blessed We Are to Celebrate the Sacrifice of
the Mass!
  • What sacrifice do we bring to the Mass?
  • There are 168 hours in the week.
  • What one hour of our week is more sacred than the
    hour of Sunday worship of God, where we come as a
    family of faith to give thanks to Almighty God?

Typology of the Exodus - Passover
  • Moses
  • Moses, Liberator of Israelites
  • From the bondage of the Egyptians
  • Unblemished Lamb
  • Blood of the Lamb on the doorposts
  • Jesus, the new Moses
  • Jesus, Liberator of Christians
  • From the bondage of the devil and sin
  • Unblemished Lamb of God
  • Blood of Jesus on the wood of the cross

  • Three days of darkness before Israelites were
  • Crossing of the Red Sea
  • Cloud day Fire night
  • Manna
  • Mosaic Law
  • Old Covenant
  • Passover Meal
  • Promised Land - Jerusalem
  • Three days in tomb before Jesus resurrected from
    the dead
  • Baptism
  • Jesus, Holy Spirit
  • Holy Communion
  • Law of Love
  • New Covenant
  • Last Supper, Eucharist
  • Heavenly Jerusalem

  • Israelites received the law from God through
  • Israelites celebrated the Passover in memory of
    Gods love for them
  • The Old Covenant was ratified with the blood of
  • The Israelites still wait for the promised
  • We received the law from God through Jesus
  • We celebrate the New Passover, the Eucharist, in
    memory of Gods love for us in Christ Jesus
  • The New Covenant was ratified with the blood of
  • We are awaiting the Second Coming of Jesus

Four Major Parts of the Sacrifice
  • Gathering and Introductory Rite
  • Liturgy of the WORD
  • Liturgy of the EUCHARIST
  • Concluding Rite and Sending Forth

Participation in the Sacrifice
  • Full
  • Conscious
  • Active
  • To enter into this type of participation requires
    the Virtue of Humility.
  • We enter into the House of God set apart for
    Divine Use into the Sanctuary.

Prepare Me
  • Lord prepare me to be a sanctuary,
  • Pure and holy, tried and true.
  • With thanksgiving, I will be a living
    Sanctuary for You!

Opening Hymn and Procession
  • He who sings prays twice.
  • Unity of one voice raised in chorus praising God
    through song. This is PRAYER.
  • Music is a universal language that can open the
    heart, disposing one to prayer.
  • Beautiful music is a prayer to God.
  • Procession of the Assembly as a People of God

  • What does the Priest do when he enters the
  • The Sanctuary is the threshold of Heaven we
    walk to the gate of Heaven when we celebrate the
    Sacrifice of the Mass!
  • The assembly arises - ascends, (stands), at the
    beginning in the presence of Christ in the priest.

Sign of the Cross
  • In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of
    the Holy Spirit.
  • What is the gift exchanged in the Sign?
  • Open my mind to learn open my heart to love
    open my arms to serve.

Penitential Rite
  • We enter into the Presence of the Divine God by
    calling to mind our sins. Virtue of humility.
  • Lord, have mercy. Christ, have mercy. Lord,
    have mercy. This is an incredible gift that we
    receive. What is the assembly offering as a gift
    to God?
  • May Almighty God have mercy on us, forgive us our
    sins and bring us to Everlasting Life.

Introductory Rite
  • Gifts Exchanged
  • Meaning of Baptism
  • The community gathered
  • Greeting in the Lord
  • Forgiveness
  • Mercy
  • Communion of Saints
  • Prayers
  • Peace
  • Thanksgiving
  • Worship
  • Praise
  • Glory

Prepare for the Liturgy of the Word
  • Often, there are distractions in the Church on
    Sunday during Mass.
  • Proclamation of the Word of God requires
    practice, effort, prayer, preparation, reverence.
  • Listening to the Word of God requires practice,
    effort, prayer, preparation, reverence.
  • What does the priest do after proclaiming the

Word of God
  • What gift does God offer us in the Liturgy of the
  • What gift do we offer God in the Liturgy of the
  • Invitation - Response

Presentation of Gifts
  • What is being collected?
  • What is being offered?
  • Bread
  • Wine
  • Money
  • My very self!
  • I urge you therefore, brothers and sisters, by
    the mercies of God, to offer your bodies as a
    living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God, your
    spiritual worship. (Romans 121)
  • Do you see yourself as a gift to the Lord?

  • Blessed are you, Lord, God of all creation.
    Through your goodness we have this bread to
    offer, which earth has given and human hands have
    made. It will become for us the bread of life.
  • Blessed be God forever!

  • Blessed are you, Lord, God of all creation.
    Through your goodness we have this wine to offer,
    fruit of the vine and work of human hands. It
    will become our spiritual drink.
  • Blessed be God forever!

What Is the Gift Offered?
  • The significance of placing your hand in the
  • Watch the little children come forward to place
    their gifts in the offering.
  • What return shall I make to the Lord, for all the
    good He has done for me?

  • When supper was ended he took the cup.
  • Again he gave you thanks and praise, gave the
    cup to his disciples, and said
  • Take this, all of you, and drink from it this
    is the cup of my blood, the blood of the new and
    everlasting covenant. It will be shed for you
    and for all so that sins may be forgiven.
  • Do this in memory of me.

Our Father
  • Paternity is different from Fatherhood
  • God as Father mentioned only 14 times in Old
  • God is called, Father, 183 times in New
  • Jesus calls God, Father, 170 times in the
  • ABBA daddy, relationship to child

Our Bread for Tomorrow Give Us Today
  • Many of Jesus most important teachings occur in
    the context of a meal.
  • OUR Bread It is never MY Bread alone. This
    bread must be shared.
  • The bread is more than mere physical nourishment
    creates and nurtures human relationships.

  • To forgive, we must be at peace.
  • When we love like Abba, we must forgive, there is
    no option here.
  • How to ask for forgiveness
  • The placement of The Lords Prayer within the
    celebration of Mass is important a sign of
    unity and peace.

September 11, 2001
  • We remember well the sights of that horrific day.
  • But do we remember the sounds of that day?
  • What was the common message communicated from
    those about to die?
  • The need for forgiveness lies in the heart of the
    being God created us to be.
  • Forgiveness is not the same as forgetting!

St. Augustine
  • Run through all the words of the holy prayers
    in Scripture, and I do not think that you will
    find anything in them that is not contained and
    included in the Lords Prayer.

St. Thomas Aquinas
  • The Lords Prayer is the most perfect of
    prayers…In it we ask, not only for all of the
    things we can rightly desire, but also in the
    sequence that that they should be desired. This
    prayer not only teaches us to ask for things, but
    also in the order we should desire them.

  • Lord Jesus Christ, you said to your apostles I
    leave you peace, my peace I give you. Look not
    on our sins, but on the faith of your Church, and
    grant us the peace and unity of your kingdom
    where you live for ever and ever.
  • Let us offer each other the sign of peace.

Lamb of God
  • Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world
    have mercy on us.
  • Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world
    have mercy on us.
  • Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world
    grant us peace.
  • Lord I am not worthy to receive you, but only
    say the word and I shall be healed.

Happy Are Those Who Are Called to His Supper
  • Lord, I am not worthy to receive you, but only
    say the word, and I shall be healed.
  • Invitation Response
  • Gift Given. Gift Received. Gift Accepted. Gift
    Transforms. Gift Shared.

Holy Communion
  • Communion Common Union
  • The ______________is the center of the life of
    the Church.
  • The heart of the Mass is the ____________.
  • The consummation of the Mass occurs in

Pope Benedict XVI
  • Union with Christ is also union with all those
    to whom he gives himself. I cannot possess
    Christ just for myself I can belong to him only
    in union with all those who have become, or will
    become, his own. Communion draws me out of
    myself towards him, and thus also towards unity
    with all Christians. We become one body,
    completely joined in a single existence. Love of
    God and love of neighbor are now truly united
    God incarnate draws us all to himself.
  • Deus Caritas Est, n. 14

The Eucharist
  • The Eucharist is the source and summit of the
    Christian life.
  • Lumen Gentium, n. 11
  • We should strive to receive the Eucharist
  • Regularly
  • Gratefully
  • Worthily

Refraining from Receiving
  • If we are in mortal sin, we should not receive
    Holy Communion until we are reconciled to the
    Body of Christ through the Sacrament of
  • While we remain members of the body of Christ
    and continue to be part of the Catholic Church,
    we have become lifeless or dead members. We no
    longer share in the common bond of the divine
    life of the Holy Spirit.
  • 1 Corinthians 1127

Sign of the Cross
  • Final Blessing
  • Sent forth to witness as a member of Christs
    Body, nourished by the gifts received in the
    Sacrifice, strengthened by the gifts exchanged,
    committed to live the Faith professed.
  • We go forth in the Name of the Father, the Son
    and the Holy Spirit. We go forth to be who we