Pastor's Corner Nov 17 2019

One of the smart kids asked me: Father, why is there a Double-Consecration at Mass?

First, we need to answer what the term Double-Consecration means. At Mass, the Priest follows the command of Our Lord, and by virtue of his ordination to the Priesthood, in the Person of Christ, he pronounces the words of consecration over the bread and then the wine. This is what Double-Consecration refers to. At that point, Christ is present entirely- Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity- both under the accidents of bread in the host and under the accidents of wine in the chalice.

The bread, therefore, becomes the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Our Lord, and then the wine becomes the same. Our Lord is in the Blessed Sacrament just as He is in heaven, glorious and alive. We receive His living Body. His Body and His Blood are no longer separated (which is why our faithful, in receiving the Holy Eucharist, are not missing out by not receiving from the chalice).

Back to our smart kid's question: Why then is there a Double-Consecration at Mass? -Because the Double-Consecration represents (sacramentally) the Sacrifice of Christ on Calvary. On the Cross, the Sacrifice was completed by Jesus' Blood being separated from His Body, causing His death. A Priest is never allowed to consecrate the bread alone or the wine alone. He must consecrate the bread, and then the wine. This separation of the Body and the Blood is to symbolize the Sacrifice and death of Our Lord, when He bled out for us, for love of us.

I would highly encourage every household to have this book "Know your Mass" available from FraternityPublications.com. It contains a wonderful explanation of the Mass with corresponding images.

- Moving forward, each Pastor's Corner will be run for two weeks, unless there is an urgent matter to address.

- Many thanks to all those who made our New Parishioner Luncheon a success. May God reward you.

- Please know that you and your families are in my prayers, especially at the Altar of Our Lord.

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