I read this, but am having trouble understanding it or why Catholics believe the weekly Eucharist is a repeat of Christ’s sacrifice for our sins. Thank you in advance for any guidance you can provide on this matter.
Why do Catholics view the Eucharist as a sacrifice?
· Christ’s death was a sacrifice for our sins. The only sacrifice. The eternal sacrifice. Catholics believe that by the power of the Holy Spirit, His one eternal sacrifice is made present once, so we can share in it in Eucharist. Catholics believe they do not simply remember the sacrifice, but that the Holy Spirit makes it present and contemporaneous.
· The church is active in the re-presentation of Christ’s eternal sacrifice. The priest represents the head of the church. The baptized share in Christ’s body as both priest and victim. The Eurcharist is the sacrifice also of the Church. The church, which is the Body and Bride of Christ, participate in the sacrificial offering of her Head and Spouse. In the Eurcharist, the sacrifice of Christ becomes the sacrifice of the members of His body who united to Christ form one sacrificial offering. United with Christ, we offer ourselves as sacrifice to the Father, as we are sacrificially united with Christ. The whole Church exercises the role of priest and victim along with Christ, offering the Sacrifice of the Mass and itself completely offered in it.