This sounds fantastic. You have a better understanding of it than most Catholics, likely.
I remember reading something on the Eucharist as a Sacrifice here (feel free to read it, I think it’s interesting) but they talk about the concept of “anamnesis.” Anyway, down in part IV, somewhat down, it talks about anamnesis.
Apparently, both Luke and Paul use this word when testifying to Jesus’ institution of the Eucharist.
And he also quotes these passages as using anamnesis:
And you shall put pure frankincense with each row, that it may go with the bread as a memorial (anamnesis) portion to be offered by fire to the LORD. 8 Every Sabbath day Aaron shall set it in order before the LORD continually on behalf of the people of Israel as a covenant for ever. 9 And it shall be for Aaron and his sons, and they shall eat it in a holy place, since it is for him a most holy portion out of the offerings by fire to the LORD, a perpetual due
9 And when you go to war in your land against the adversary who oppresses you, then you shall sound an alarm with the trumpets, that you may be remembered (anamninesko) before the LORD your God, and you shall be saved from your enemies. 10 On the day of your gladness also, and at your appointed feasts, and at the beginnings of your months, you shall blow the trumpets over your burnt offerings and over the sacrifices of your peace offerings; they shall serve you for remembrance (anamnesis) before your God: I am the LORD your God.
Note that the first word is related to ‘anamnesis,’ but merely refers to recalling, but anamnesis refers to sacrifice. Cool.
Psalm 38 Introduction
Psalm 38 A Psalm of David, for the memorial (anamnesis) offering.
Psalm 70 Introduction
To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David, for the memorial (anamnesis) offering.
Hebrews 10:3 But in these sacrifices there is a reminder (anamnesis) of sin year after year.
Very cool, though. At least when I first read it. Heh.
But I particularly loved how you put the re-enactment thing. The Catholic Church puts it this way:
- "The Eucharist is the memorial of Christ’s Passover, the making present and the sacramental offering of his unique sacrifice, in the liturgy of the Church which is his Body. In all the Eucharistic Prayers we find after the words of institution a prayer called the anamnesis or memorial. "
- "In the sense of Sacred Scripture the memorial is not merely the recollection of past events but the proclamation of the mighty works wrought by God for men. In the liturgical celebration of these events, they become in a certain way present and real. This is how Israel understands its liberation from Egypt: every time Passover is celebrated, the Exodus events are made present to the memory of believers so that they may conform their lives to them. "
Anyway, I just loved that link.
The sacrificial nature of the Mass is implied in 1 Corinthians 10:16-21 where the Eucharistic service is compared to Jewish sacrifices and pagan sacrifices.
Yes. And besides anamnesis, Jesus also directly alludes to Moses:
4 And Moses wrote all the words of the LORD. And he rose early in the morning, and built an altar at the foot of the mountain, and twelve pillars, according to the twelve tribes of Israel. 5 And he sent young men of the people of Israel, who offered burnt offerings and sacrificed peace offerings of oxen to the LORD. 6 And Moses took half of the blood and put it in basins, and half of the blood he threw against the altar. 7 Then he took the book of the covenant, and read it in the hearing of the people; and they said, “All that the LORD has spoken we will do, and we will be obedient.” 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.”
The sacrificial nature is a very cool thing once you understand it.