21 November, 2009

The Mass

The Mass not a Sin-Offering
Scripture References: 1 Cor 11:20ff; Hebrews 7:27; 9:28; 10:10, 12-14;
Confessional References: AC XXIV; Apol XXIV;

So if the priesthood according to the Law also came to an end, and the highpriest according to the order of Melchizedek offered sacrifice and made further sacrifices unnecessary, why do the priests of the New Covenant perform the sacramental liturgy? It is clear to those versed in divine things, however, that it is not another sacrifice we offer; rather, we perform the commemoration of the one, saving sacrifice. The Lord himself, remember, required this of us, "Do this in memory of me," so that we should recall with insight the type of the sufferings undergone for us, kindle love for the benefactor and look forward to the enjoyment of the good things to come.
Theodoret of Cyrus (c. 393-457), Commentary on the Letter to the Hebrews, Chapter 8.

...in Alexandria, the Scriptures are read and the doctors expound them on Wednesday and Friday, and all things are done except for the solemn remembrance of the sacrifice.
Cassiodorus (480-570), The Tripartite Ecclesiastical History, quoting Socrates, Ecclesiastical History, V.22. (the significance of this quote is two-fold: 1) note the attention paid in Alexandria to the exposition of the scriptures in public worship 2) note also that this took place without the celebration of holy communion, which, germane to our topic, is referred to as 'the solemn remembrance of the sacrifice', i.e. not a sacrifice itself, and was presumably reserved for the Lord's Day.)
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