The Roman Catholic Mass – What is the Mass?

THE WORD OF GOD VS THE ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH  (Boldface type below are quotations from Roman Catholic literature. See footnotes for references. All scripture references are from the Confraternity-Douay Version of the Bible. Scripture locations in parenthesis indicate the KJV location.)

13. The Roman Catholic Mass
“SUMMARY: From the beginning of time sacrifice has been offered to Almighty God to acknowledge His sovereign dominion over man and all creatures. Cain offered fruits, Abel offered sheep and Melchisedech offered bread and wine, foreshadowing the sacrifice of the New Law. All
(including Cain’s offering???…italics ours) these were but preparations for the sacrifice of Jesus Christ on Calvary, of which He is both priest and victim.”19


The following verses show the errors in the so called “infallible” teaching of the above statement:


Hebrews 11:4 By faith Abel offered to God a sacrifice more excellent than did Cain, through which he obtained a testimony that he was just, God giving testimony to his gifts; and through his faith, though he is dead he yet speaks.


I John 3:12 Not like Cain, who was of the evil one, and killed his brother. And wherefore did he kill him? Because his own works were wicked, but  his brother’s just.


Hebrews 8:4 If then he [the Lord Jesus Christ] were on earth, he would not even be a priest, since there are already others to offer gifts according to the Law.


#357. What is the Mass? The Mass is the sacrifice of the New Law in which Christ, through the ministry of the priest (Roman priest), offers Himself to God in an unbloody manner under the appearance of bread and wine.20


#359….The Mass is the same sacrifice as the sacrifice of the cross.21


#360. Why is the Mass the same sacrifice as the sacrifice of the cross?…because in the Mass the Victim is the same…Jesus Christ.22


#361. What are the purposes for which the Mass is offered?

The purposes for which the Mass is offered are:…to satisfy the justice of God for the sins committed against Him.23


Again, the word of God speaks and annihilates this false doctrine:


Isaiah 53:10-11[But the Lord was pleased to crush him in infirmity.] If he gives his life as an offering for sin, he shall see his descendants in a long life, and the will of the Lord shall be accomplished through him. Because of his affliction he shall see the light in fullness of days,; through his suffering, my servant shall justify many, and their guilt he shall bear.


Hebrews 9:24-28 For Jesus has not entered into a Holies made by hands, a mere copy of the truth, but into heaven itself, to appear now before the face of God on our behalf; nor yet has he entered to offer himself often, as the high priest enters into the Holies year after year with blood not his own; for in that case he must have suffered often since the beginning of the world. But as it is, once for all at the end of ages, he has appeared for the destruction of sin by the sacrifice of himself. And just as it is appointed unto men to die once and after this comes the judgement, so also was Christ offered once to take away the sons of many; the second time with no part in sin he will appear unto the salvation of those who await him.


Hebrews 10:10-14 It is in this “will” that we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all and every priest indeed stands daily ministering, and often offering the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins; but Jesus, having offered one sacrifice for sins, has taken his seat forever at the right hand of god, waiting thenceforth until his enemies be made the foot stool under his feet. For by one offering he has perfected forever those who are sanctified.


I Peter 3:18 Because Christ also died once for sins, the Just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God. Put to death indeed in the flesh, he was brought to life in the spirit…


Hebrews 9:22 And with blood almost everything is cleansed according to the Law, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness.


19Rev. John A O’Brien, Ph.D., Ll.D, Understanding the Catholic Faith, An Official Edition of the revised Baltimore Catechism No. 3, (Ava Maria

Press, Notre Dame, Indiana, 1963), p.215

20Rev. John A O’Brien, Ph.D., Ll.D, p. 210

21Rev. John A O’Brien, Ph.D., Ll.D, p.211

22Rev. John A O’Brien, Ph.D., Ll.D, p. 212

23Rev. William J. Cogan, A Catechism for Adults, (Chicago, Ill, ACTA Publications), p. 81#1290


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