PARTICIPATING IN A SATURDAY MASS AFTER 4PM FULFILLS YOUR SUNDAY OBLIGATION-RECEIVING THE HOLY EUCHARIST WHILE IN A STATE OF GRACE THEN ALSO FULFILLS PART OF THE FIRST SATURDAY DEVOTIONS.
[G THE HOLY EUCHARIST IN A STAQUOTE=LilyM;7309441]"sac·ri·fice (skr-fs)
b. Something so forfeited.
a. Relinquishment of something at less than its presumed value.
b. Something so relinquished.
…There is no really no tangible ‘thing’ that is offered to God in the act of prayer, since prayer is simply communication, or a mutual exchange of something intangible.
Nor in the act of a person receiving communion (which on the contrary is something HE offers to US). Nor in confession (again, we go to receive something from Him, certainly the only thing we offer is our sins, which aren’t in the least pleasing or valuable).
Further, there is no ‘victim’ in prayer, or confession, or communion, no ‘relinquishment’ by anyone of anything, no ‘loss’ by anyone of anything either.
Really, I’m at a loss to see how any of the requirements of a First Saturday devotion can be called a ‘sacrifice’ in any sense.
These ideas are not my own see:
It is right to offer sacrifice to God as a sign of adoration and gratitude, supplication and communion: "Every action done so as to cling to God in communion of holiness, and thus achieve blessedness, is a true sacrifice."16
Outward sacrifice, to be genuine, must be the expression of spiritual sacrifice: "The sacrifice acceptable to God is a broken spirit. . . ."17 The prophets of the Old Covenant often denounced sacrifices that were not from the heart or not coupled with love of neighbor.18 Jesus recalls the words of the prophet Hosea: "I desire mercy, and not sacrifice."19 The only perfect sacrifice is the one that Christ offered on the cross as a total offering to the Father’s love and for our salvation.20 By uniting ourselves with his sacrifice we can make our lives a sacrifice to God.
As members of the royal priesthood, we offer many sacrifices-continually in communion with Jesus & esp.
in Communion with the Pascal Sacrifice at the celebration of the Sacrifice of the Mass.
On entering the People of God through faith and Baptism, one receives a share in this people’s unique, priestly vocation: "Christ the Lord, high priest taken from among men, has made this new people ‘a kingdom of priests to God, his Father.’ The baptized, by regeneration and the anointing of the Holy Spirit, are consecrated to be a spiritual house and a holy priesthood."209
“The holy People of God shares also in Christ’s prophetic office,” above all in the supernatural sense of faith that belongs to the whole People, lay and clergy, when it "unfailingly adheres to this faith . . . once for all delivered to the saints,"210 and when it deepens its understanding and becomes Christ’s witness in the midst of this world.
Finally, the People of God shares in the royal office of Christ. He exercises his kingship by drawing all men to himself through his death and Resurrection.211 Christ, King and Lord of the universe, made himself the servant of all, for he came "not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many."212 For the Christian, “to reign is to serve him,” particularly when serving "the poor and the suffering, in whom the Church recognizes the image of her poor and suffering founder."213 The People of God fulfills its royal dignity by a life in keeping with its vocation to serve with Christ.
The sign of the cross makes kings of all those reborn in Christ and the anointing of the Holy Spirit consecrates them as priests, so that, apart from the particular service of our ministry, all spiritual and rational Christians are recognized as members of this royal race and sharers in Christ's priestly office. What, indeed, is as royal for a soul as to govern the body in obedience to God? And what is as priestly as to dedicate a pure conscience to the Lord and to offer the spotless offerings of devotion on the altar of the heart?214