This is the reason why, at Mass, it is only after the second consecration that the sacrifice is enacted. Were the priest to consecrate but one species, the sacrifice would not be re-enacted.
Part III: The Effects of Christ’s Sacrifice on Calvary: Man’s Justification
In the IIIrd part of his Summa Theologica, question 49, St Thomas Aquinas enumerates three main effects of Christ’s passion:
- Man was freed from sin.
- Man was freed from the debt of punishment due to sin.
- Man was reconciled with God.
St Thomas describes each of these effects as follows:
Man is freed from sin.
Christ's Passion causes forgiveness of sins by way of redemption. For since He is our head, then, by the Passion which He endured from love and obedience, He delivered us as His members from our sins, as by the price of His Passion: in the same way as if a man by the good industry of his hands were to redeem himself from a sin committed with his feet. For, just as the natural body is one though made up of diverse members, so the whole Church, Christ's mystic body, is reckoned as one person with its head, which is Christ.
Christ's Passion causes forgiveness of sins also by way of efficiency, inasmuch as Christ's flesh, wherein He endured the Passion, is the instrument of the Godhead, so that His sufferings and actions operate with Divine power for expelling sin. (Summa Theologica, question 49, art. 1)
Man is freed from the debt of punishment due to sin.
Through Christ's Passion we have been delivered from the debt of punishment in two ways. First of all, directly--namely, inasmuch as Christ's Passion was sufficient and superabundant satisfaction for the sins of the whole human race: but when sufficient satisfaction has been paid, then the debt of punishment is abolished. In another way--indirectly, that is to say--in so far as Christ's Passion is the cause of the forgiveness of sin, upon which the debt of punishment rests. (Summa Theologica, question 49, art. 3)
Man is reconciled to God.
Christ's Passion is in two ways the cause of our reconciliation to God. In the first way, inasmuch as it takes away sin by which men became God's enemies, according to Wis. 14:9: "To God the wicked and his wickedness are hateful alike"; and Ps. 5:7: "Thou hatest all the workers of iniquity." In another way, inasmuch as it is a most acceptable sacrifice to God. Now it is the proper effect of sacrifice to appease God: just as man likewise overlooks an offence committed against him on account of some pleasing act of homage shown him. Hence it is written (1 Kgs. 26:19): "If the Lord stir thee up against me, let Him accept of sacrifice." And in like fashion Christ's voluntary suffering was such a good act that, because of its being found in human nature, God was appeased for every offence of the human race with regard to those who are made one with the crucified Christ. (Summa Theologica, question 49, art. 4)
This last point is of the utmost importance. Man has indeed been made acceptable to God, so acceptable that he can become a son of God, sharing in the very nature and life of God Himself: “But as many as received him, he gave them power to be made the sons of God, to them that believe in his name. Who are born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.” (Jo. I, 12-13)
A more general description of the effects of Christ Passion is presented and explained in the VIth session of Council of Trent. This session proclaimed the decree on Justification. As we will see later on, this decree is of capital importance in the theology of the Mass. We will therefore make a short summery.
The decree begins by recalling the fall of man, the loss of grace and consequently man’s radical incapacity to be pleasing to God, i.e. just in God’s eyes:
“Whereas all men had lost their innocence in the prevarication of Adam-having become unclean, and, as the apostle says, by nature children of wrath, as (this Synod) has set forth in the decree on original sin, they were so far the servants of sin, and under the power of the devil and of death, that not the Gentiles only by the force of nature, but not even the Jews by the very letter itself of the law of Moses, were able to be liberated, or to arise, therefrom.” (Chapter 1)
God therefore sent His only begotten Son to redeem mankind:
“The heavenly Father, the father of mercies and the God of all comfort, when that blessed fullness of the time was come, sent unto men, Jesus Christ, His own Son, that He might both redeem the Jews who were under the Law, and that the Gentiles, who followed not after justice, might attain to justice, and that all men might receive the adoption of sons.” (Chapter 2)
Only those to whom the merits of Christ’s passion are applied become once more just in God’s eyes:
“Though He died for all, yet do not all receive the benefit of His death, but those only unto whom the merit of His passion is communicated.” (Chapter 3)
Then follows a description of what the justification of man entails:
“A translation, from that state wherein man is born a child of the first Adam, to the state of grace, and of the adoption of the sons of God, through the second Adam, Jesus Christ, our Saviour.” (Chapter 4)
This justification comes about through baptism.
Then follows the famous chapter 7, in which the process of man’s justification is fully explained. We can but quote the wonderfully clear and concise teaching of the Council in its entirety:
What the justification of the impious is, and what are the causes thereof.
This disposition, or preparation, is followed by Justification itself, which is not remission of sins merely, but also the sanctification and renewal of the inward man, through the voluntary reception of the grace, and of the gifts, whereby man of unjust becomes just, and of an enemy a friend, that so he may be an heir according to hope of life everlasting.
The causes of man’s justification are given:
Of this Justification the causes are these:
The final cause indeed is the glory of God and of Jesus Christ, and life everlasting;
… while the efficient cause is a merciful God who washes and sanctifies gratuitously, signing, and anointing with the Holy Spirit of promise, who is the pledge of our inheritance;
… but the meritorious cause is His most beloved only-begotten, our Lord Jesus Christ, who, when we were enemies, for the exceeding charity wherewith he loved us, merited justification for us by His most holy Passion on the wood of the cross, and made satisfaction for us unto God the Father;
…the instrumental cause is the sacrament of baptism, which is the sacrament of faith, without which (faith) no man was ever justified;
… lastly, the alone formal cause is the justice of God, not that whereby He Himself is just, but that whereby He maketh us just, that, to wit, with which we being endowed by Him, are renewed in the spirit of our mind, and we are not only reputed, but are truly called, and are, just, receiving justice within us, each one according to his own measure, which the Holy Ghost distributes to every one as He wills, and according to each one's proper disposition and co-operation. For, although no one can be just, but he to whom the merits of the Passion of our Lord Jesus Christ are communicated, yet is this done in the said justification of the impious, when by the merit of that same most holy Passion, the charity of God is poured forth, by the Holy Spirit, in the hearts of those that are justified, and is inherent therein: whence, man, through Jesus Christ, in whom he is engrafted, receives, in the said justification, together with the remission of sins, all these (gifts) infused at once, faith, hope, and charity. For faith, unless hope and charity be added thereto, neither unites man perfectly with Christ, nor makes him a living member of His body.
For which reason it is most truly said, that Faith without works is dead and profitless; and, In Christ Jesus neither circumcision, availeth anything, nor uncircumcision, but faith which worketh by charity. This faith, Catechumen's beg of the Church-agreeably to a tradition of the apostles-previously to the sacrament of Baptism; when they beg for the faith which bestows life everlasting, which, without hope and charity, faith cannot bestow: whence also do they immediately hear that word of Christ; “If thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments.”
Wherefore, when receiving true and Christian justice, they are bidden, immediately on being born again, to preserve it pure and spotless, as the first robe given them through Jesus Christ in lieu of that which Adam, by his disobedience, lost for himself and for us, that so they may bear it before the judgement-seat of our Lord Jesus Christ, and may have life everlasting.
The ultimate effect or consequence of Christ’s Passion is the justification of man, when the merits of the Passion are applied to the soul through the sacraments, in particular the first sacrament of baptism.
Man’s justification consists in the destruction of his sins, his subsequent purification and the infusion of sanctifying grace and virtues in the soul, whereby he becomes a true son of God.
Since man remains nevertheless a sinner, his souls needs to be constantly bathed in the merits of Christ’s Passion, purified in Christ’s blood, justified anew. This happens through the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, re-enactment and continuation of the Sacrifice of Calvary.
Therefore, the necessity of the Sacrifice of the Mass being a propitiatory sacrifice is tantamount. If it were not, it would not be the continuation of Calvary. It would be reduced to a mere memorial or commemorative meal. This is the case of the Communion Service of the various Protestant Churches.
Part IV: Protestant Theology
We cannot present here an in-depth study of Protestant Theology, indeed it would be near impossible to do so with all the variants that against between Protestant authors and theologians. We wish only to explain the main point of divergence between Catholic and Protestant teaching: justification. We will follow Luther’s explanation of justification.
Luther’s theology, and the general tenants of Protestant teaching, may be summarised as follows:
- Human nature is corrupt in its very essence from original sin, and therefore can never be restored.
- Christ’s sacrifice on Calvary is therefore not propitiatory, i.e. does not atone for our sins. Since Adam’s sin has corrupted our very nature, we cannot be freed from it.
- Grace does nothing to the soul, does not purify it nor destroy sin. Grace does not give new life to the soul, but simply covers the soul with the cloak of Christ’s righteousness.
- Justification consists not in the sanctification of the soul, but merely in the non-imputation of sin. Therefore man remains spiritually dead.
- Man, being spiritually dead, cannot acquire merit by good works. Therefore he is saved by faith and confidence in God alone.
- There is no Communion of Saints nor devotion to Our Lady, since there is no communication of sanctity, i.e. the life of grace shared by all members of the Church militant, suffering and triumphant.
- God justifies the souls directly, by faith alone. There is no ministerial communication of grace, therefore no sacraments, no priesthood.
- The Mass, continuation of the sacrifice of Calvary, and considered therefore as a propitiatory sacrifice, is to be rejected at all costs.
Let us look at these assertions in detail:
Essential Corruption of Human Nature
The Catholic Church teaches that human nature was grievously injured through Original Sin. Not only did man fall from the state of grace and justice in which he had been created, but he also sustained terrible wounds to the mind and the will. Henceforth he would suffer from ignorance and the revolt of the lower passions. However, though grievously harmed, human nature was not destroyed by Original Sin. A cure was possible, which takes place when the soul is justified. It was/is therefore possible for human nature to be restored to its former dignity, i.e. purified of its sin and filled once more with sanctifying grace and the virtues.
Luther believed that as a result of Original Sin, human nature was irremediably injured. Though the fall of Adam man’s nature is become evil and must ever remain so, so evil that the death of Christ is not sufficient to restore it to its former state of justice. Man will therefore remain evil, a sinner, whose sins can never be destroyed or taken away.
Christ’s sacrifice on Calvary is not propitiatory.
Since man can never be freed from his sin, the Sacrifice of Calvary was not a propitiatory sacrifice, one that atoned for the sins of mankind. What was the Sacrifice of Calvary? Calvin professes that it was a vicarial, vindicatory punishment for sin, i.e. the Son of God alone bore upon Himself the guilt of mankind’s sins and absorbed in the place of the rest of humanity the full force of God’s merciless vengeance. Now the price of sin has been paid, the salvation of man is assured by an act of faith in Christ, as will be explained further on.
Grace is the non-imputation of sin.
Since man remains steeped in his sin, he is radically unable to receive divine grace, i.e. a share in the divine life. What did Christ’s passion therefore merit for him? It merited for man the non-imputation of his sin. Grace takes on a new meaning for the Protestant. Merited by Christ’s death on the Cross, it no longer means the giving of new life to the soul, but simply covering of the soul with the cloak of Christ’s righteousness. God no longer sees the sin, the leprosy of the soul, only his Divine Son’s righteousness with which the soul is covered.
Justification consists merely in the non-imputation of sin.
The merit of Christ’s passion is the cause of man’s justification. Luther has a new definition of the justification of the sinner. It is no longer the destruction of sin, purification of the soul and infusion of sanctifying grace and the gifts; it is merely, as mentioned above, the non-imputation of sin. Hence, after justification in the Lutheran sense the soul still remains hideous, evil in itself and thereby intrinsically repulsive to God. It becomes acceptable to God by being cloaked in the garment of Christ’s righteousness.
For Luther there is no interior sanctification of the soul, no infusion of grace, no share in the divine life, no gifts, no virtues, nothing when the soul is justified. It is simply that God withholds the accusation of sinner.
For Luther, justification means that the soul is declared just and therefore acceptable to God, since Christ has paid the price for its sin. For the Catholic justification means the soul is made just.
Man is saved by faith alone.
Since man remains spiritually dead, he can do nothing of himself to acquire a spiritual reward: heaven. Good works are useless in man’s plight for salvation. Therefore all that remains for him is to place his trust in God. This is the definition of the Lutheran act of faith. It is an act of blind confidence in God who looks upon us as clothed in Christ’s justice and therefore admits saves us.
No recognition of Our Lady’s eminent sanctity, no Communion of Saints.
This is the logical consequence of Luther’s refusal of Catholic justification. No man is made whole, holy, just, Our Lady included. Man’s sin remains though it is hidden from God’s sight. Therefore, there is no communication of grace, i.e. a participation in the life of God whereby man is elevated to the state of adoptive son of God. Hence nothing binds men together, no common bond of grace, no spiritual life shared by the members of the Church triumphant, suffering and militant, i.e. the Mystical Body of Christ. This is the very definition of the Communion of the Saints.
Denial of the sacramental system and the priesthood.
If anything man can do is useless in his plight for salvation and if man is saved by faith alone, the sacraments and the ministers of the sacraments become obsolete and unnecessary.
The Catholic Church defines a sacrament as an outward sign of inward grace. Through the sacraments, the graces and merits of Christ’s passion are communicated to the soul, justifying it ever more and rendering it ever more pleasing to God. This was intolerable to Luther.
Carrying his belief in the irremediable corruption of human nature to its logical end, Luther denied that anyone or anything in the created universe could be used unto salvation. Faith and faith alone was the sole criterion for salvation. Grace (in the Catholic sense) does not exist, therefore the sacraments, channels of divine grace, do not exist either. If the sacraments do not exist, the sacramental priesthood does not exist.
For Luther there was to be no ministerial communication of grace. Salvation was a personal affair between God and the soul, without the intermediary of men ordained to distribute the sacraments. Christ having paid the debt of punishment once and for all on the Cross, man’s salvation was assured and all he had to do was “latch on to” that salvation by an act of faith in Christ.
 Redemption implies expiation from sin, i.e. the destruction of sin and man’s restoration to the right order.
 Preparation described in chapter 6 of the decree: “Now they (adults) are disposed unto the said justice, when, excited and assisted by divine grace, conceiving faith by hearing, they are freely moved towards God, believing those things to be true which God has revealed and promised,-and this especially, that God justifies the impious by His grace, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus; and when, understanding themselves to be sinners, they, by turning themselves, from the fear of divine justice whereby they are profitably agitated, to consider the mercy of God, are raised unto hope, confiding that God will be propitious to them for Christ's sake; and they begin to love Him as the fountain of all justice; and are therefore moved against sins by a certain hatred and detestation, to wit, by that penitence which must be performed before baptism: lastly, when they purpose to receive baptism, to begin a new life, and to keep the commandments of God.” (Chapter 6)
 The Communion of Saints is the collection of souls here below, in Purgatory and in heaven, who are all sanctified and united in a common, supernatural life with the Head of the church (Christ) and with one another. In other words, the Communion of Saints is nothing other then those souls vivified by sanctifying grace and thereby members of Our Lord’s Mystical Body, i.e. the Church militant, suffering and triumphant. By virtue of this union, souls on earth may pray to the saints in heaven, saints may intercede for souls on earth and both souls on earth and saints in heaven may procure relief and speedy release for souls suffering in purgatory.
Christ having paid the debt of punishment once and for all on the Cross, man’s salvation was assured and all he had to do was “latch on to” that salvation by an act of faith in Christ.
The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass is to be rejected at all cost.
If the sacramental system was to be rejected, the Mass in particular had to be destroyed, for two reasons in particular:
Firstly, we have seen that the Mass is the continuation of the Sacrifice of Calvary, and therefore a propitiatory sacrifice, rendered present by the ministry of the priest-celebrant, through which the saving merits of Christ’s passion are applied to the individual soul unto its justification.
But for Luther, Christ’s sacrifice on Calvary was not propitiatory because it did not atone for man’s sins, but merely merited for him their non-imputation.
Therefore the “sacrificiality” of the Mass had to be abolished, as this was a perpetual reminder and attestation of the justifying (in the Catholic sense) powers of Calvary.
Secondly, we have seen that Christ’s sacrifice is the source of salvation for all men, both for Catholics and Protestants. Now Catholics say that though the salvation of man has been wrought, it must still be applied to the individual soul, over and over again, since the soul sins anew each day. This takes place through the reception of the sacraments and in particular that of Holy Mass. Hence the necessity to celebrate Mass. However, Protestants deny that the application of the merits of Christ’s passion must be applied to the soul day after day. They are applied once and for all through the famous act of faith in Christ.
Thus, the sacrifice of the Mass, the re-enactment of Calvary, where the fruits of Christ’s passion are applied to the souls of the faithful, is useless, rather it is, they say, blasphemous and derogates the honour due to the one and unique sacrifice of Calvary.
We see therefore that Luther’s teaching is in contradiction with Catholic teaching. Luther denies man’s redemption in the Catholic sense.
According to Catholic teaching, man’s redemption was operated on Calvary by Christ’s bloody sacrifice. This redemption consists in the destruction of sin and the justification of the souls of all those who receive a share in the merits of Jesus Christ. The souls shares in the merits of Jesus Christ through its adherence to the Church and reception of the sacraments, imparted to them by ordained priests.
According to Protestant teaching, man’s redemption is also operated on Calvary by Christ’s bloody sacrifice. But the redemption does not destroy sin, merely removes the blame for it (non-imputation). Therefore, since sin remains, Christ’s sacrifice is not propitiatory (atones for our sins) and furthermore, there is no justification of the soul, i.e. infusion of sanctifying grace, since the presence of God in the soul is incompatible with sin still residing therein.
We will now see what consequence Luther’s system of belief bore on the liturgy he designed for his new religion.
Part V: Lex Orandi, Lex Credendi
“Lex orandi, lex credendi”: the law of prayer follows on the law of belief. This is a well-known theological axiom. We pray as we believe. It applies to all religions.
By virtue of this principle, Catholic prayer (the Liturgy) must necessarily be in accordance with Catholic Doctrine.
Therefore, if one were to change Catholic doctrine, one would also have to change the liturgy. This was the case of Luther and all the Protestant reformers.
We shall briefly enumerate the main points of Luther’s doctrine concerning the Mass and thereby show how and why Luther had to tamper with the Mass.
The Protestant Definition of the Mass: the Rejection of the notion of Expiatory Sacrifice.
For Luther, the Mass was only a sacrifice of praise, that is an act of praise, of thanksgiving, but most certainly not an expiatory sacrifice, which recreates the Sacrifice of Calvary and applies its merits, since such a belief would have been incompatible with his heretical teachings. Luther and his followers could not but repudiate this teaching, since it was in contradiction with his two mains points of his new system of belief: justification and atonement.
In contradiction with his basic theology of grace and justification:
Luther also could not tolerate the idea of the sacrifice of the Mass being a continuation of the sacrifice of Calvary, for this would necessarily imply the propitiatory effects of Calvary being applied to man here and now, unto the forgiveness of his sins and his sanctification. Therefore he abolished all notion of sacrifice. The Mass was to become a mere memorial of Christ’s past and completed sacrifice.
In contradiction with his interpretation of atonement.
Luther and his followers believed that Christ’s sacrifice on Calvary was unique and omni-sufficient to appease God’s anger forever. God had granted an irrevocable decree of pardon to His predestined elect. There was, therefore no need for the re-iteration of this sacrifice and the application of its merits to mankind.
Luther wrongly believed that the Mass contained a separate value from the act of Our Lord’s sacrifice of the Cross. If Christ’s sacrifice was of infinite value, why the need to repeat it each day upon the altar, by the ministry of priests? To do so would be to blasphemously deny the infinite and all sufficient value of the Cross.
The Denial of Transubstantiation.
The Protestants denied the real and substantial presence of the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Christ in the Eucharistic species. If there was to be no sacrifice, no continuation of Calvary, there was no longer to be a victim, Jesus Christ present under the Eucharistic species. And again, if there is to be no victim (Christ) substantially present and offered to the Father, there is no more need for sacrifice, i.e. the sacred act of offering a victim. These two errors are mutually supportive of one another.
There are different Protestant theories on how Christ is present in the Eucharist. Luther professed consubstantiation: the co-existence Christ with the substance of bread and wine. Cranmer opted for a spiritual presence of Christ in the Eucharist, i.e. the consummation of the Eucharist is a figure of our interior and mystical communion with Christ. Christ was however not “in” or “under the appearance of” the bread and wine. These remained simply what they always were: bread and wine.
The Denial of the Sacramental Priesthood.
“Christ made no difference between the priest and the layman, that the priest should make oblation and sacrifice for the layman, and eat with him the Lord’s Supper all alone, and distribute it and apply it as him liketh. Christ made no such difference: but the difference that is between the priest and the layman in this matter is only in the ministration: that the priest, as a common minister of the Church, doth minister and distribute the Lord’s Supper unto other, and other receive it at his hands.”
Cranmer’s words are clear. The explanation for the Protestant denial of the priesthood has been briefly explain above. Suffice to say here, that, if there is no sacrifice, no transubstantiation, no victim to be offered in oblation there is no need for a priest, i.e. somebody empowered to perform the aforesaid actions. In lieu of a priest performing the sacred function of offering sacrifice to God, we are left with a president of the people presiding over a Eucharistic Meal in commemoration of the Last Supper. This president or simple minister possesses no specific powers of a sacramental nature. He does not mediate between God and man, since man has direct personal contact with God through his faith. The minister simply organises the manner of worship and instructs the people in the understanding of the Scriptures.
The Reduction of the Mass to a mere Commemoration of the Last Supper, or Eucharistic Meal.
Having denied the notion of sacrifice, having denied the Real Presence, having denied the sacramental priesthood, the Reformers concluded that the Mass was merely a memorial of what Our Lord had done at the Last Supper, whereby each individual recalled Christ’s redeeming sacrifice of Calvary and thereby entered into direct contact with God, through faith in the power of Christ’s redemption: “There is properly no oblation nor sacrifice, but a remembrance of the one oblation of Christ upon the cross, made once and for all; a giving of thanks for the same and the prayer of the public minister for the whole congregation.”
This is the reason for the Protestant rejection of altars in churches: “The form of a table shall more move the simple from the superstitious opinions of the popish Mass, unto the right use of the Lord’s Supper. For the use of an altar is to make sacrifice upon it; the use of a table is to serve for men to eat upon”
The reduction of the Mass to a mere Commemoration of the Last Supper also rules out its salutary effect on the dead. The dead cannot partake or a reunion meal, therefore the sacrament of he Eucharist has nothing to do with them.
We have sought to give a succinct explanation of Protestant theology in order to explain its effect on the Protestant liturgy, in particular with regards to the Mass.
By virtue of the principle: lex orandi, lex credendi, Luther and the other reformers were obliged to bring what was then Catholic worship, into line with their new theories, and therefore transformed the liturgy. One therefore cannot deny that, to change the form of prayer (the liturgy) implies a change in belief (doctrine).
We may therefore conclude, just as Cranmer had a theological motif in changing the liturgy, anyone else who wished to tamper with the Catholic Church’s manner of worship, in particular with the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, the centre of all Catholic Worship, must also have some theological motive for his action. What is this theological motive? One may discover it by examining the reforms introduced. If the reforms are compatible with Catholic teaching, the theological motive behind them will also be compatible. If the reforms are not in line with Catholic teaching, the theological motive behind them becomes very doubtful.
In 1969 a new prayer, a new rite of Mass was introduced in the Church. The Old Mass, stretching back to the time of Gregory the Great, was abolished and replaced by a new ritual.
Now, for this ritual to be acceptable, it must be conform with the Catholic Church’s teachings on all the doctrines enumerated above, in particular Christ’s propitiatory sacrifice, the existence and possibility of grace, justification of man, etc
We shall now proceed to a detailed examination of the Novus Ordo Missae. This study will be based in large part on the “Ottaviani Intervention”.
The Ottaviani intervention was a detailed study of the New Mass composed by a group of Roman theologians, and signed and submitted to Pope Paul VI by the Cardinals Ottaviani and Bacci. This document, little known, is of the utmost importance. Cardinal Ottaviani, at the time of the Novus Ordo Missae’s promulgation in 1969, was prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, once called the Holy Office. This means that, at the time of the Novus Ordo Misaae’s promulgation, Cardinal Alfredo Ottaviani was in effect the most powerful man in the Church, second only to the Pope. His opinion and judgement of the New Mass is of singular importance.
*** End of Part I ***
Part I: Brief History of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. 2
The Origins and development of the Mass. 2
Restoration of the Mass and its codification into the “Tridentine Rite.”_ 2
Part II: Catechetical Teaching on the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. 5
The Notion of Sacrifice. 5
What is sacrifice?_ 5
The visibility and “publicity” of the sacrifice. 5
Conclusion: The Necessity of Sacrifice. 6
Application of these notions to the Eucharist. 6
The Sacrifice of Christ, God Incarnate. 6
To what end? (Final cause) 6
Using what means? (efficient cause) 7
What does Christ offer? (material cause) 7
Of what nature is Christ’s sacrifice? (formal cause) 7
The Eucharistic Sacrifice_ 8
Proof from Scripture_ 8
Proof from Tradition_ 8
Relation of the Sacrifice of the Mass to the Sacrifice of the Cross 9
The Metaphysical Nature of the Sacrifice of the Mass 9
Part III: The Effects of Christ’s Sacrifice on Calvary: Man’s Justification 11
Man is freed from sin. 11
Man is freed from the debt of punishment due to sin. 11
Man is reconciled to God. 11
Part IV: Protestant Theology 14
Luther’s Theology. 14
Essential Corruption of Human Nature_ 14
Christ’s sacrifice on Calvary is not propitiatory. 14
Grace is the non-imputation of sin. 15
Justification consists merely in the non-imputation of sin. 15
Man is saved by faith alone. 15
No recognition of Our Lady’s eminent sanctity, no Communion of Saints. 15
Denial of the sacramental system and the priesthood. 15
The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass is to be rejected at all cost. 16
Part V: Lex Orandi, Lex Credendi 17
The Protestant Definition of the Mass: the Rejection of the notion of Expiatory Sacrifice. 17
In contradiction with his basic theology of grace and justification: 17
In contradiction with his interpretation of atonement. 17
The Denial of Transubstantiation. 17
The Denial of the Sacramental Priesthood. 18
The Reduction of the Mass to a mere Commemoration of the Last Supper, or Eucharistic Meal. 18
 It made be said that Luther, though perhaps unwittingly, actually denied that Christ’s sacrifice on Calvary was a true sacrifice, since it did not fulfil one of the four ends of sacrifice, namely propitiation for man’s offences against God. Penal punishment is not propitiatory punishment. It pays the price of the offence but does not restore the order of justice as it formally was.
 As one Protestant put it: “Sin being forgiven, as the apostle telleth us, by the virtue of the sacrifice of the cross, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sin, but only a commemoration and a memorial.” Roger Hutchinson, Layman’s Handbook, 1550
 Cardinal Cajetan refutes this error: “The spiritual offering (of the Mass) is not made because the sacrifice of Christ was insufficient, but in order that Christ and his sacrifice should be perpetually commemorated in sacred mysteries, according to his commandment: Do this in commemoration of me.”
“The Lutherans supposition is erroneous, in that they make out the sacrifice of the altar to be a different sacrifice from that which Christ offered on the Cross. For in truth it is the very same sacrifice (as it is the very same body of Christ on the altar, on the Cross, and now in heaven). But the difference is the manner of offering, because the sacrifice was then in a material manner, now it is offered in a spiritual manner. Then it was offered in the reality of death, now it is offered in the mystic figure of death.” (De Erroribus, Chap. IX)
 Cranmer, quoted in Clarke’s Eucharistic Sacrifice and Reformation, Ch. VIII
 Holbeach, Bishop of Lincoln, contemporary of Cranmer, quoted in Clarke’s Eucharistic Sacrifice and Reformation, Ch. VIII
 Ridley, Bishop of Rochester, contemporary of Cranmer, quoted in Clarke’s Eucharistic Sacrifice and Reformation, Ch. VIII