Welsh Journals

Search over 450 titles and 1.2 million pages

L. I. C. & M. I. <"* T&H** CENNAD LLYDEWIG LLANRWST. i) (Cambro Breton Mission), Llanrwst, North Wales. Vol. I. 25th AUGUST 1910. No. 2. 4» 4* 4* 4* 4* 4* 4* 4* 4* 4* 4* 4* 4* 4* 4* 4* 4* 4* 4* 4* 4* 4* 4* 4* 4* 4* 4* 4* 4* 4* 4* 4* 4* 4* COB/IE TO MASS ! ' ri^HE Sacrifice of the Mass is the core of Beligion. It is the unbloody continuation, 1 through all ages and generations, of the bloody Sacrifice of Jesus Christ. For there is no essential difference between the Sacrifice of the Cross and the Sacrifice of the Mass: it is the same and only Sacrifice, offered under a different form. The priest is the same : Jesus Christ in person offered the Sacrifice on Calvary, and on the altar He makes the Sacrifice in the person of the priest. The victim is the same : His body poured forth His precious Blood on Calvary, and on the altar the same sacred Body and precious Blood are veiled in the semblance of bread and wine. The circumstances and appearance of the sacrifice are different; the substance is the same. By the mysterious and divine words uttered by the priest, or rather by Jesus Christ Who speaks by His minister, the same miracle of love,—which was operated at the Last Supper, on Holy Thursday,—is daily renewed on our altars. The bread and wine are changed into the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ and only preserve the mere appearance of bread and wine ; so that there is really nothing on the altar, after the consecration, but the Body and Blood of Jesus-Christ : Jesus Christ living, and thus uniting, in the Blessed Sacrament, all the mysteries of His mortal and of His glorious life. Seek, then, to understand the grandeur of your faith, Catholics my friends, and come, with the rest of your brethren, come to your Saviour, come to Mass every Sunday ! It is for you that Jesus descends upon our altars, it is for your salvation that He immolates Himself in this great mystery of the holy Mass. Without Him you cannot save your soul; and yet, perhaps, you neglect Him, you despise Him, you prefer futile occupations and follies and trifles of all kinds to Him I We do not only live individually as men and Christians, we are also a religious society ; and this society, of which we are members, being established by God Himself, has duties to fulfil to Him, as well as each of us in particular. Now, the public worship of this Christian Society (or Church) is precisely this attendance at the Sacrifice of the Mass, which unites us all, in the presence of our God, in His temple, on days set apart for this purpose, some actually by God himself, others by our Lord, and others by the Apostles or their successors. To abstain from associating, at these solemn moments, with the rest of the Christian family, is to renounce, in some measure, the title of Christian, of child of God, disciple of Jesus Christ and member of the Catholic Church. Thus, it is a great sin to neglect hearing Mass on Sundays and holy days of obligation, without a real and good reason for so doing. Eeturn to yourselves, then, I beseech you, and fulfil regularly a duty which is as easy, generally, as it is serious and important. Come, every Sunday, come and prostrate yourselves before your good God, to take a review of the week past and make a holy provision for the week following. God will bless you, and you will feel happy. Mgb. de Segub,