The Real Presence of Christ Part 1: Traditional Mass

Jude Missa

The Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist is the most important part of the Holy Mass. It is an obligation for the Catholics to take this Sacrament because it is the Body and Blood of Christ. The bread and wine become the Body and Blood of Christ in the Consecration part where the Priest lift up and Bread then the Wine. Then the bread and wine will transform into his Body and Blood, but the form or look, the shape, the color and the taste will remain as Bread and Wine, this is called Transfiguration.

Today, we are experiencing two Holy Mass in the Catholic Church, the Traditional Latin Mass (Tridentine Mass) and the Novus Ordo Mass. During the Vatican II Council, the changes inside the Catholic Church becomes a Controversy including the Holy Mass as Pope Paul VI reformed it similar to the Protestants and called it the “Novus Ordo Mass”. This mass became the Official form of the Holy Mass. When Archbishop Lefebvre and other archbishops and priests failed to stop this changes, Archbishop Lefebvre formed the Society of Saint Pius X, a Priestly Society that continues the Traditional Way of the Catholic Church, including the Tridentine Mass that has been celebrated many centuries ago. Then when Pope John Paul II, excommunicated Archbishop Lefebvre and four ordained bishops (then was lifted by Pope Benedict XVI in 2007). Some priest from the SSPX left and went to Pope John Paul II, which results the formation of Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter (FSSP). Then in the following years, some priest fell in love in the Traditional Latin Mass and started their own Traditional Priestly Societies like the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest (ICKSP) until Pope Benedict XVI allowed to celebrate the Traditional Latin Mass in his Summorum Pontificum under the name of the Extraordinary Form of the Mass.

Now, that the Novus Ordo is the Official Form of the Holy Mass, many people including the modernist Catholics, questioned the Traditional Latin Mass. Is it valid? Is the Real Presence of Christ is in the Traditional Latin Mass? The answer is simple, Yes it is valid, and yes the Real Presence of Christ is in the Traditional Latin Mass. Because the Traditional Latin Mass is the mass that has been celebrated many centuries ago, including the Priestly Saints like Saint John Vianney, Saint John Bosco, Saint Pius X and Saint Padre Pio. As long as it is celebrated by a Catholic Priest, even he is a SSPX, FSSP or ICKSP priest, the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist in the Traditional Latin Mass is true and valid. Some modernist does not agree to use this mass because it contradicts the teachings of the Vatican II, the protestants doesn’t like it, the music is outdated, the mass is too long and there’s no enjoyment. But we must remember, the Holy Mass is a Sacrifice for God. God gives us more time for ourselves during the weekdays and Saturday, so in Sunday, we must give ourselves to God. Maybe the Mass is outdated, but you will be surprised how many people who are born and currently living this modern world attracted to the Traditonal Latin Mass and called it the Mass of Ages.

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