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Mass Intentions

 

“Now he is not God of the dead, but of the living; for all live to him” (Lk 20:38).

 

The value of the Mass is infinite, because Christ is the Minister of the Eucharistic Sacrifice. He delegates the priest to act in His name, and actually performs Himself the sacrificial action in each Mass. However, while the merits presented to God in the Mass are infinite, their application to individuals is finite, and only to be measured by the acceptance of God. We know in a general way that God will answer our prayers, but how He will apply the fruit of a particular Mass, we do not know. The Church at every Mass remembers all her children, living and dead; the particular application of the infinite merits of Christ are known to God alone.

© Evangelization Station, 2010 

 

Mass Intentions

 

“Now he is not God of the dead, but of the living; for all live to him” (Lk 20:38).

 

The value of the Mass is infinite, because Christ is the Minister of the Eucharistic Sacrifice. He delegates the priest to act in His name, and actually performs Himself the sacrificial action in each Mass. However, while the merits presented to God in the Mass are infinite, their application to individuals is finite, and only to be measured by the acceptance of God. We know in a general way that God will answer our prayers, but how He will apply the fruit of a particular Mass, we do not know. The Church at every Mass remembers all her children, living and dead; the particular application of the infinite merits of Christ are known to God alone.

According to an old tradition, Catholics may offer a contribution to a priest and request an intention for a particular Mass. Code of Canon Law 945-946). Canon 955 §4 requires the priest to “note accurately the Masses which he has accepted to celebrate and those which he has satisfied.”

It is believed that special graces may be obtained when a priest applies the Mass to a particular intention because of his particular role as mediator between God and man; acting “in persona Christi” when offering the holy sacrifice of the Mass.

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