CCC 608 a, c After agreeing to baptize him along with the sinners, John the Baptist looked at Jesus and pointed him out as the “Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world”.422 By doing so, he reveals that Jesus is . . . . the Paschal Lamb, the symbol of Israel’s redemption at the first Passover.423 Christ’s whole life expresses his mission: "to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many."424
Kohai. You correctly pointed out the unending nature of the Passover in post 14. And I see you also appropriately asked how Catholics thought of this perpetual nature of the Passover feast or Passover Festival (“What is the Catholic view on that?”).
That is a great question.
The Passover IS to be kept for ever. The Passover IS an immemorial offering to be kept in perpetuity. (This is one of the reasons I am Catholic)
EXODUS 12:14 14 "This day shall be for you a memorial day, and you shall keep it as a feast to the LORD; throughout your generations you shall observe it as an ordinance for ever.
Catholics do NOT do away with the Passover.
Catholics participate in the fulfilled Passover. This is part of the reason why I said that Catholicism is fulfilled Judaism.
If I were in Rabbinic Judaism, I would merely be participating in the Passover in this life and NOT for ever, NOT in perpetuity.
But in Catholicism we are participating in the Passover “for ever” . . . . in this life . . . AND . . . .in the life to come.
This is WHY even in HEAVEN we participate in the fulfilled Passover or the “Wedding Supper of the Lamb.”
REVELATION 3:20 20 Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if any one hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me. 21 He who conquers, I will grant him to sit with me on my throne, as I myself conquered and sat down with my Father on his throne.
In HEAVEN we participate in the fulfilled Passover or the “Wedding Supper of the Lamb.”
A prefigurative glimpse of this is seen in Exodus with the blood of the Covenant leading to going up on the mountain to . . . . behold God and eat and drink.
EXODUS 24:8-11 8 And Moses took the blood and threw it upon the people, and said, “Behold the blood of the covenant which the LORD has made with you in accordance with all these words.” 9 Then Moses and Aaron, Nadab, and Abihu, and seventy of the elders of Israel went up, 10 and they saw the God of Israel; and there was under his feet as it were a pavement of sapphire stone, like the very heaven for clearness. 11 And he did not lay his hand on the chief men of the people of Israel; they beheld God, and ate and drank.
This is WHY St. Paul who studied at the feet of Rabbi Gamaliel, can say . . . .
1st CORINTHIANS 5:7-8a 7 Cleanse out the old leaven that you may be a new lump, as you really are unleavened. For Christ, our paschal lamb, has been sacrificed. 8 Let us, therefore, celebrate the festival . . .
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REVELATION 19:3-9a 3 Once more they cried, “Hallelujah! The smoke from her goes up for ever and ever.” 4 And the twenty-four elders and the four living creatures fell down and worshiped God who is seated on the throne, saying, “Amen. Hallelujah!” 5 And from the throne came a voice crying, “Praise our God, all you his servants, you who fear him, small and great.” 6 Then I heard what seemed to be the voice of a great multitude, like the sound of many waters and like the sound of mighty thunderpeals, crying, “Hallelujah! For the Lord our God the Almighty reigns. 7 Let us rejoice and exult and give him the glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and his Bride has made herself ready; 8 it was granted her to be clothed with fine linen, bright and pure”-- for the fine linen is the righteous deeds of the saints. 9 And the angel said to me, “Write this: Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb.”
CCC 1329a** The Lord’s Supper, because of its connection with the supper which the Lord took with his disciples on the eve of his Passion and because it anticipates the wedding feast of the Lamb in the heavenly Jerusalem.143
The Breaking of Bread, because Jesus used this rite, part of a Jewish meat when as master of the table he blessed and distributed the bread,144 above all at the Last Supper.145 It is by this action that his disciples will recognize him after his Resurrection,146 . . . .