The Mass is a sacrifice because Jesus, the one time, once for all, holy sacrifice for the sins of the world becomes truly present for us there, on the altar.

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Why have sacrifices pretty much died out everywhere, yet it remains within Catholicism? Because the cross of Christ is the “one, full, final sacrifice”. On the cross the sacrificial systems of the world were fulfilled. All was completed. The Mass is the daily remembrance of that one, full, final sacrifice. Through the mystery of the Mass we bring that completed sacrifice into the present moment and apply it’s graces to our needs today.

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“Of course Mary is the co-redemptrix. She gave Jesus his body, and the offering of his body is what saved us.”

The Presentation at the Temple

According to Blessed Teresa of Calcutta:

“Of course Mary is the co-redemptrix. She gave Jesus his body, and the offering of his body is what saved us.”

The Letter to the Hebrews confirms both the early Apostolic Father and the modern Apostle to the Poor:

“We are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all” (Hebrews 10:10).

From whom does Jesus receive his body, the instrument of his redemption?

Jesus is laid in the tomb