Through the ministry of priests, the spiritual sacrifice of the faithful is completed in union with the sacrifice of Christ the only mediator, which in the Eucharist is offered through the priests' hands in the name of the whole Church in an unbloody
and sacramental manner until the Lord himself shall come (see 1 Cor 11:26).
This is commonly expressed by an exaggerated emphasis on the meal aspect of the Mass at the expense of the Mass as the unbloody
sacrifice of Christ on the cross.--Editor
What is required is to offer up our rational worship as an unbloody
sacrifice.' In 17.33 it is unnecessary to correct the text preserved in A [alpha][pi][omicron] [tau][eta][sigma][epsilon][lambda][alpha][iota][alpha][sigma], since we know that there was a statue of Athene made from olive-wood in the Acropolis at Athens which Athenagoras ascribes to Endoios (cf.
It is at the heart of what theologians through the ages have sought to express by speaking of the presence of the sacrifice of the cross in the Mass as "unbloody
," "sacramental," "metahistorical," etc.
It's a movement toward syncretism, pantheism, God-in-you, and it's metastasizing all around us." Placing the altar in a more central location--even if only by 5 feet--presents the Mass as a meal, an action of the assembly, he says, while in reality "it's the unbloody
sacrifice of Calvary done by Jesus Christ through the person of the priest."
We are now told that "the community" effects the Mass -- not the priest in lieu of Christ -- and that the Mass is the action of the community -- not the unbloody
sacrifice of Calvary.
For that unbloody
immolation, by which at the words of consecration Christ is made present upon the altar in the state of victim, is performed by the priest and by him alone, as representative of Christ and not as representative of the faithful.
By the time the Tridentine Mass was set in place, the Eucharist was seen more as an unbloody
sacrifice than as an act of thanksgiving (the literal meaning of the word Eucharist) and a communal meal.
The essay on sacrifice links together all these materials: pre-Christian rituals; Judaism; Jesus's unbloody
replacement for the Temple sacrifice; Cyprian and martyrdom; the imperialization of sacrifice in Eusebius; Gregory the Great ("or the invention of the sacrificial machine"); the multiplication of masses during the Middle Ages; Jean-Jacques Olier and suburban Paris issuing in a theology of self-oblation.
It was not an eye-for-an-eye justice but a justice that believes the truly Christian life must accept the active notion that martyrdom, mostly unbloody
, is its daily challenge.
by external signs which are the symbols of his death." When it is said that Christ "does what he already did on the cross,"(40) the reference is only to the sacrificial oblation (unbloody
oblation, as opposed to bloody oblation).
It is the elegantly unbloody
arm of strategy in war.