If you are an honest, sincere and discerning Christian, please read on; if not, you might as well stop right here. The World Book Encyclopedia defines “Christmas” as follows: “The word Christmas comes from “Cristes Maesse”, an early English phrase that means “Mass of Christ.” (1) It is interesting to note that the word “Mass”, as used by the Roman Catholics, has traditionally been rejected by the so-called Protestants, such as Lutherans, Baptists, Methodists, Presbyterians, Pentecostals and so on. The word “Mass” is strictly a Catholic word and thus, so is “Christ-Mass.”
Paul talks about images and types in the Old Testament being fulfilled in the new.
Paul says the law was a pedagogue of Christ. A pedagogue is a child’s teacher. The law teaches us the mysteries of Christ. They are shadows of the true spiritual nature of their heavenly realities.
A reality of a type has to take on the same properties as the type.
Circumcision was a sign of God’s covenant that he would be the God of the Israelites and he would be their people. Through the law the parents circumcised their children by the eighth day.
Paul relates the pedagogue of circumcision to the heavenly reality of Baptism which expands the covenant family making the family universal, Catholic. You are no longer Jews or Gentiles freeman or slave because you have been baptized in Christ Jesus which makes you an heir to the promise of Abraham.
Christ said I did not come to abolish the law but to fulfill the law.
The types become their heavenly reality. Symbols do not evolve into symbols but into eternal truths.
The Eucharist is prefigured in the Passover Lamb that needed to be consumed, the table of the presence that contained a cereal offering that was a perpetual law to be kept in front of the veil that was in front of the Holy of Holies, in the manna that fell from heaven and was placed in the ark that contained Aaron’s staff that budded ( the cross the tree of life) and the ten commandments ( the law written on our hearts) the heavenly reality was carried in the womb of Mary.
God put in place another sign in the daily temple sacrifice called the Tamid. The Tamid was a sacrifice of Lamb, bread, and wine. At 9:00 in the morning and 3:00 pm everyday the high priest raised the Lamb before the veil sanctifying the bread and wine on the altar then eating what is sanctified.
As Christ died on the cross saying the Todah prayer ( my God my God why have you forsaken me, through the soul of His spouse) the Lamb was raised, the veil was ripped from heaven to earth and the high priest showed us the Holy Mass by presenting the sacrifice before the Holy of Holies which is a type for heaven itself which contains the presence of the Father and the hosts of heaven. It is finished. The true Tamid is established. I have established my kingdom and covenant memorial of the eternal covenant in my blood ( Do this in remembrance of me ) the memorial covenant sacrifice of the eternal cross in the Holy Mass that will always be before the eyes of the Father before he sees the sins of the world in which the table of the presence and the menorah/cross of tree of life, was a type.
We walk by faith not by sight.
And they dedicated themselves to the doctrine and the breaking of the bread and the prayers.
O you foolish Galatians whom before your very own eyes Christ is portrayed as crucified among you.
But you are come to mount Sion, and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to the company of many thousands of angels, 23And to the church of the firstborn, who are written in the heavens, and to God the judge of all, and to the spirits of the just made perfect, 24And to Jesus the mediator of the new testament, and to the sprinkling of blood which speaketh better than that of Abel.
This is fulfilled at every Holy Mass in which our high priest Melchizedek mediates with His priests to offer the memorial of the life giving Cross in the form of bread and wine and we are mystically sprinkled with the blood that cleanses all venial sins so that we can be refined and offer the clean oblation (unblooded) without blemish before the Father with the hosts of heaven.
Do this in remembrance of me.
Anamnesis in Greek which means offer this memorial sacrifice.
1 Behold I send my angel, and he shall prepare the way before my face. And presently the Lord, whom you seek, and the angel of the testament, whom you desire, shall come to his temple. Behold he cometh, saith the Lord of hosts.2And who shall be able to think of the day of his coming? and who shall stand to see him? for he is like a refining fire, and like the fuller’s herb: 3And he shall sit refining and cleansing the silver, and he shall purify the sons of Levi, and shall refine them as gold, and as silver, and they shall offer sacrifices to the Lord in justice. 4And the sacrifice of Judah and of Jerusalem shall please the Lord, as in the days of old, and in the ancient years.
For from the rising of the sun even to the going down, my name is great among the Gentiles, and in every place there is sacrifice, and there is offered to my name a clean oblation: for my name is great among the Gentiles, saith the Lord of hosts.
23 For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, that the Lord Jesus, the same night in which he was betrayed, took bread. 24 And giving thanks, broke, and said: Take ye, and eat: this is my body, which shall be delivered for you: this do for the commemoration of me. 25 In like manner also the chalice, after He had supped, saying: This chalice is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as often as you shall drink, for the commemoration of me. 26 For as often as you shall eat this bread, and drink the chalice, you shall shew the death of the Lord, until he come.
That I should be the minister of Christ Jesus among the Gentiles; sanctifying the gospel of God, that the oblation of the Gentiles may be made acceptable and sanctified in the Holy Ghost.
1 LET a man so account of us as of the ministers of Christ, and the dispensers of the mysteries of God.
1 Corinthians 4
Mysteries mysterion sacramentum sacrament.
The Holy Mass is the continuation of salvation on earth until the end of time.
The church is the bride and the flesh of Christ placing the memorial covenant sacrifice of bread and wine before the Father through our high priest Melchezedek.
Saul why do you persecute me?
By Luke Haskell