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Wednesday, December 28, 2005

Newman Tract 82 on the Eucharist

2. Concerning the Sacrifice of the Mass. "If his Sacrifice of the Mass have any other propitiatory power or virtue in it than to commemorate, represent, and apply the merit of the Sacrifice of the Cross, let him speak plainly what it is. Bellarmine knew no more of this Sacrifice than we." p. 172. "We acknowledge an Eucharistical Sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving; a commendative Sacrifice, or a memorial of the Sacrifice of the Cross; a representative Sacrifice, or, a representation of the Passion of Christ before the eyes of His heavenly Father; an impetrative Sacrifice, or an inpetration of the fruit and benefit of His passion, by way of real prayer; and, lastly, an applicative Sacrifice, or an application of His merits unto our souls. Let him that dare go one step farther than we do, and say that it is a suppletory Sacrifice to supply the defects of the Sacrifice of the Cross; or else let them hold their peace, and speak no more against us in this point of Sacrifice for ever." p. 255. "I have challenged them to go one step farther into it [the question of the Sacrifice of the Mass] than I do; and they dare not, or rather they cannot, without blasphemy." p. 418.

3. Concerning adoration in the Sacrament. "We ourselves adore Christ in the Sacrament; but we dare not adore the species of Bread and Wine." p. 356.

Read it all here.

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Blogger Jeff said...

For information to the Reader, Newman is quoting from Bramhall in this Tract and referencing what other C17 divines, such as Andrewes, said about the Sacrifice of the Mass.

With the proper qualifications and understanding of the biblical idea of memorial, there should no longer be much controversy in Eucharistic theology about the validity of the sacrificial nature of the Eucharist. It does those things listed by Bramhall or else why do it? Like Flanner O'Conner said, if Christ isn't really present in these rites and truly gives himself to us and is offered and presented to the Father for the forgiveness of sins, then to hell with it!

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