How the mass has changed theologically, a thumbnail sketch

Dominus Vobiscum: Novus Ordo (re)considered

Was going to put this up one segment at a time. Instead, here’s the whole thing.

A lot to swallow but food for thought. In any case, demonstrates how big the change was.

A Liturgical Rupture
The Traditional Mass The New Mass
A sacrifice linked to the sacrifice of the Cross, expressed in:

1. Offertory = oblation of the victim

2. Double consecration = immolation of victim

3. Communion = consummation of victim

The entire Mass is directed toward the sacrificial act. Sacrifice is the primary end; thanksgiving is one among other secondary, subordinate ends.

A meal linked to the Last Supper, expressed in:

1. Presentation of the gifts = berakah or blessing of the food, leading up to the Offertory, wherein the Jewish grace before meals is the main prayer

2. Eucharistic prayer = canon of the New Mass; it is primarily a prayer of thanksgiving for the gifts…

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