Solemnity of the Feast of the Most Precious Blood of the Savior Jesus Christ
(abolished in the Neo-Catholic calendar)
“… The Price of our redemption…”
(from the “Collect” of the Mass)
Where there is no shedding of Blood, there is no remission [of sin] (Heb. 5.6). Thus, our Traditional Latin Mass is truly a propitiatory sacrifice – “the very same one that took place in Calvary” (Abp. Lefebvre) though now in an unbloody manner being that sacrifice of Our Savior as the Eternal High Priest according to the Order of Melchisedech (Ps. 109.4; Heb. 5.6 – offering consecrated Bread, the Living Bread which is His true, real, substantial Flesh; and, consecrated Wine which is His Most Precious Blood).
The “Bible-only” sect[-arians] (2 Pet. 2.1) reject the said Catholic dogma on the Holy Sacrifice as preposterous. They were already ‘saved’ – as the ‘Reformed theology’ teaches them. One famous “Bible-only” televangelist confessed in his TV program that he committed bigamy and begged his followers for prayers – he must be despairing for Christ, they assert, can no longer shed again His Blood to blot out his sin after the propitiatory sacrifice on Calvary: pressed to its logical conclusions, the ‘Reformed theology’ must reject the ‘Bible’ [which of course is just their version on which they claim their doctrine “believe and you are saved” is based] as God’s word and testimony and therefore precipitate into atheism.
When Pope Paul VI’s original 1969 “Institutio Generalis” (“General Instruction” on the New Missal) came under ‘heavy’ criticism for defining Bugnini’s M[e]ss the way Lutherans affirm of their ‘sevice’ (“The Lord’s Supper or Mass is the assembly or meeting of the People of God, met together with a priest presiding, to celebrate the Memorial of the Lord” – “sacrifice” gone), the Vatican, upon order by Pope Paul VI, issued a revised edition (1970) of the “Institutio” which inserted in the definition “the sacrifice of the Eucharist” after the phrase “the Memorial of the Lord.” The insertion is still not Catholic – lacking precision for the so-called ‘Reformed Christians’ also refer to their ‘Eucharistic’ celebration as a ‘sacrifice’: a sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving. The definition was the only thing that was retouched – the revised prayers and rituals of the New ‘Mass’ (where “propitiation” was suppressed and gestures of divine worship and adoration were greatly curtailed and even re-invented) therefore remained the same expression of the Protestant mentality as was given in the 1969 re-definition. Pope Benedict XVI called this anomaly a mere “mistake,” that the New ‘Mass’ is “more a celebration than worship,” cf., our post “Pope Benedict XVI on the New ‘Mass’: Outbalanced Liturgy…”
He was clothed in a robe sprinkled with blood, and His name is called the Word of God (Apoc. 19.3, third antiphon in the Office of Vespers). Sacred Writ testifies in this passage that Our Savior, as Catholic dogma teaches, is also true God for the Word was God (Jn. 1.1) – why the Blood of the Son of God alone could, with its infinite merit, propitiate the wrath of the God of justice provoked by sin (our opposing God and His laws, commands, teachings, and His Order of things to His Face) and blot out – through the traditional absolution at the Confessional, cf., our post “Absolvo te (II)” – all our offenses against God.
A most blessed Feast!