FAQ about The History of the Holy Mass

Jude Missa

As we posted the article ‘The History of the Holy Mass’, let’s answer some questions about it. By answering these questions, we will be enlightened by facts and truths that we should know.

Before we continue, you must read the ‘History of the Holy Mass‘ first.

Now let’s continue.

Why did Christ institute the Holy Mass?

He made a promise to receive Him in the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist:

“I am the bread of life. Your fathers did eat manna in the desert, and are dead. This is the bread which cometh down from heaven; that if any man eat of it, he may not die. I am the living bread which came down from heaven. If any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever; and the bread that I will give, is my flesh, for the life of the world.”

John 6:48-52

During the ministry of the Apostles, why did the faithful eat selfishly and get drunk?

Because they forgot the original symbolism of the Holy Mass. They perceived this Holy Mass as a feast due to the presence of lamb and wine.

What is the initial symbolism of the Holy Mass?

It is to worship and receive our Lord through the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist. And also, to commemorate Christ’s sacrifice, that is why it is called the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.

Why did the Apostles make changes to the Holy Mass?

So the clergy and faithful will have a proper adoration of our Lord in a solemn manner.

What led to the removal of the Paschal Lamb?

To concentrate on the Holy Eucharist and its ritual. The Mass isn’t just a celebration where you drink; it’s a solemn rite to remember Christ’s suffering, death, and resurrection. Making the Holy Mass a fun celebration is a violation of liturgical rules.

Why did the Apostles decide to face the Altar instead of facing the people?

The Jewish tradition dictates that the Jews pray while facing the east, which is where the Temple of Jerusalem is located. And also, Christ’s second coming will be in the East. The priest is responsible for leading the prayer during Holy Mass, so he must face the east and the Altar.

During the time of the Apostles, was an altar facing east?

There are no complete accounts of the altar. According to tradition, the Holy Mass was celebrated in front of the Altar. It may be similar to the Jewish altar. As time goes by, the altar evolves until its form becomes the traditional altar used in the traditional Latin Mass.

Why is there no complete account of the Holy Mass in the Bible?

We are uncertain as to why the bible does not have a complete account of the Holy Mass. There are a variety of reasons why there isn’t. One, the evangelist and the apostles only focus on the teachings, life, passion, and death of our Lord. It’s possible that someone writes one, but it may be hidden or destroyed during the persecution. Three, the Apostles preach to the crowd and instruct their disciples verbally. That’s why St. Paul mentioned it in his letter to the Corinthians:

“Therefore, brethren, stand fast; and hold the traditions which you have learned, whether by word, or by our epistle.”

2 Thessalonians 2:14

Which means we should not only rely on the scriptures, but also on the traditions that passed down through words.

What motivated St. Justin Martyr to preserve the full account of the Holy Mass?

Due to the danger of persecution, there is a chance that knowledge about the Holy Mass procedure may not be passed down verbally.

What is the reason for placing altar rails to separate the altar from the faithful?

Because the altar is the most holy ground inside the church, it contains the tabernacle, where the Holy Eucharist is celebrated. Only clergy, altar boys, or authorized men can enter the altar. If you asked why men only? Only men were chosen by Christ to become his disciples. Another use of the altar rails is when people kneel while taking the Holy Communion.

Why does the church keep adding activities and prayers to the Holy Mass? Why not keep the Apostolic Mass as it is?

Because the Pope and the Bishops has the authority to add or made changes in the Holy Mass as long it is for worshiping God, according to the Sacred traditions and also as long as the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist is present. When St. Peter died, he passed the keys to St. Linus and became the second Pope. This passing of keys is part of the Apostolic Succession.

Why did Pope St. Pius V choose Latin as the official language of the Holy Mass?

The Church’s official language is Latin, as well as Rome’s native language. Rome is where the Office of the Papacy is located. And this is where Pope St. Peter handed down his papacy to Pope St. Linus, and the succession continues in Rome.

Why did the Council of Trent and Pope Pius V not provide the reform that Protestants wanted?

Because the beliefs of Protestants are dangerous to the soul.

Why did Pope John XXIII include St. Joseph in the prayers of the 1962 Roman Missal?

There are numerous explanations. One, he was influenced by Pope Pius XII when he established May 1 as the feast of St. Joseph the Worker. Two, he is the protector of our Lord when he was still an infant, and he was also named as the protector of the Catholic Church.

Why does the Vatican II want the Novus Ordo Mass to be similar to the Protestants?

Before Vatican II, many clergy and faithful found that the Modern Protestant mass was more appealing because it had been modernized. But previous Popes, such as Pope Leo XIII and Pope Pius X, were against modernism in the Church. Until these modernist clergies found their way after the death of Pope Pius XII. Vatican II wants to reunite with the Protestants and end their differences.

Did the Protestants rejoin the Church after the Novus Ordo Mass was codified?

They did not. They are content with the reformed Holy Mass because it makes it easy for them to convert Catholics to Protestanism.

Is Annibale Bugnini a Freemason?

Freemasonry is a long adversary of the Catholic Church. And there are evidences that Bugnini is a member. Though Rome never releases a statement about it and Pope Paul VI send him to Iran.

What led Pope Benedict XVI to reinstate the Tridentine Mass?

One, is to protect traditional Catholics. Two, is to unite the Catholics in the church, including the clergy.

Why did Pope Francis restrict the use of the traditional Latin Mass?

One of the main reasons is that many people attend the Traditional Latin Mass, including young people. And then many faithful started attending when the Covid19 pandemic started because the churches of the Traditional Catholic Societies opened their doors to the faithful. Due to this, the Traditional Catholic Societies were able to receive more donations and recollections than the Novus Ordo churches.

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