Feast of All Saints

Today, remember your patron Saints by honoring them and asking for their intercession.

Te Deum Laudamus!  The following are some various quotes from the Saints about the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.

“The Mass is the sun of Christianity, the soul of faith, the centre of the Catholic religion, the condensation of all that is good and beautiful in the Church of Christ. The Mass is the miracle of miracles, the wonder of wonders. The Mass is the sun of holy religion, which dissipates the cloud and restores serenity to the heavens. For my part I am persuaded that if it were not for the holy Mass the world would have long since tottered from its foundation, crushed beneath the enormous weight of its many accumulated iniquities. At every moment of the day and night, during the year round, this Infinite Victim is immolated on several altars in some part of the world for the salvation of mankind,and hence the pious practice of uniting ourselves and our actions with Jesus upon the altar.”   ~St. Leonard of Port Maurice

When you see the Lord immolated and lying upon the altar, and the priest bent over that Sacrifice praying, and all the people purpled by that precious Blood, can you think that you are still among men and on earth? Or are you not lifted up to heaven?”   ~St. John Chrysostom

“It is most becoming that there be in the Church only one appropriate manner of reciting the Psalms and only one rite for the celebration of Mass.”   ~Pope St. Pius V

“The Mass is the most beautiful thing in the Church.”   ~St. Alphonsus Liguori

“The priest secretly pronounces some of the words as a token that regarding Christ’s Passion the disciples acknowledged Him only in secret.”   ~St. Thomas Aquinas

“Nothing so becomes a church as silence and good order. Noise belongs to theatres, and baths, and public processions, and market-places: but where doctrines, and such doctrines, are the subject of teaching, there should be stillness, and quiet, and calm reflection, and a haven of much repose.”   ~St. John Chrysostom

“When you are before the altar where Christ reposes, you ought no longer to think that you are amongst men; but believe that there are troops of angels and archangels standing by you, and trembling with respect before the sovereign Master of Heaven and earth. Therefore, when you are in church, be there in silence, fear, and veneration.”   ~St. John Chrysostom

“In the life to come, our mind will see the true God himself, and our outer worship will need no symbols but will consist in praise of God from heart and mind. At present, however, God’s truth can only express itself to us in symbols we can sense.”   ~St. Thomas Aquinas

“The washing of the hands is done in the celebration of Mass out of reverence for this sacrament; and this for two reasons: first, because we are not wont to handle precious objects except the hands be washed; hence it seems indecent for anyone to approach so great a sacrament with hands that are, even literally, unclean. Secondly, on account of its signification, because, as Dionysius says (De Ecclesiastica Hierarchia iii), the washing of the extremities of the limbs denotes cleansing from even the smallest sins, according to John 13:10: ‘He that is washed needeth not but to wash his feet.'”   ~St. Thomas Aquinas

“Five times does the priest turn round towards the people [in the traditional Mass], to denote that our Lord manifested Himself five times on the day of His Resurrection, as stated above in the treatise on Christ’s Resurrection (Q55,A3,OBJ 3). But the priest greets the people seven times, namely, five times, by turning round to the people, and twice without turning round, namely, when he says, ‘The Lord be with you’ before the Preface, and again when he says, ‘May the peace of the Lord be ever with you’: and this is to denote the sevenfold grace of the Holy Ghost. But a bishop, when he celebrates on festival days, in his first greeting says, ‘Peace be to you,’ which was our Lord’s greeting after Resurrection, Whose person the bishop chiefly represents.”   ~St. Thomas Aquinas

“The actions performed by the priest in Mass are not ridiculous gestures, since they are done so as to represent something else. The priest in extending his arms signifies the outstretching of Christ’s arms upon the cross. He also lifts up his hands as he prays, to point out that his prayer is directed to God for the people, according to Lamentations 3:41: ‘Let us lift up our hearts with our hands to the Lord in the heavens’: and Exodus 17:11: ‘And when Moses lifted up his hands Israel overcame.’ That at times he joins his hands, and bows down, praying earnestly and humbly, denotes the humility and obedience of Christ, out of which He suffered. He closes his fingers, i.e. the thumb and first finger, after the consecration, because, with them, he had touched the consecrated body of Christ; so that if any particle cling to the fingers, it may not be scattered: and this belongs to the reverence for this sacrament.”   ~St. Thomas Aquinas

“The Mass has just the same value as Calvary.”   ~St. John Chrysostom

“The Eucharist is the perfect sacrament of our Lord’s Passion, as containing Christ crucified.”   ~St. Thomas Aquinas

“When you hear Mass, do you come in the same frame of mind as the Blessed Virgin at Calvary? Because it is the same God, and the same Sacrifice.”   ~St. John Vianney

Since the Sacrifice of the Mass is offered everywhere, are there, then, a multiplicity of Christs? By no means! Christ is one everywhere. He is complete here, complete there, one Body. And just as he is one Body and not many though offered everywhere, so too there is one Sacrifice.”   ~St. John Chrysostom

“…death has not destroyed this Body which was pierced with nails and scourged…this is the Body which was once covered with blood, pierced by a lance, from which issued saving fountains upon the world, one of blood and the other of water…This Body He gave to us to keep and eat, as a mark of His intense love.”   ~St. John Chrysostom

“This Sacrifice [of the Mass], no matter who offers it, be Peter or Paul, is always the same as that which Christ gave His disciples and which priests now offer: The offering of today is in no way inferior to that which Christ offered, because it is not men who sanctify the offering of today; it is the same Christ who sanctified His own. For just as the words which God spoke are the very same as those which the priest now speaks, so too the oblation is the very same.”   ~St. John Chrysostom

“The Victim [Christ] alone saves the soul from eternal ruin, the sacrificing of which presents to us in a mystical way the death of the Only-begotten, who – though He is now risen from the dead and dies no more, and death will no longer have dominion over Him, for He lives immortally and incorruptibly in Himself – is immolated for us again in this mystery of the sacred oblation. For His body is eaten there, His flesh is distributed among the people unto salvation, His blood is poured out, no longer in the hands of the faithless but in the mouth of the faithful. Let us take thought, therefore, of what this sacrifice means for us, which is a constant re-presentation of the suffering of the Only begotten Son, for the sake of our forgiveness.”   ~Pope St. Gregory I the Great

“Reverence, therefore, reverence this table, of which we all are communicants! Christ, slain for us, is the Sacrificial Victim who is placed thereon!”   ~St. John Chrysostom

“Even God Himself could do nothing holier, better, or greater than the Mass.”   ~St. Alphonsus Liguori

“There is no prayer or good work so great, so pleasing to God, so useful to us as the Mass.”   ~St. Lawrence Justianian

“The happiness of the World comes from the Sacrifice of the Mass.”   ~St. Odo of Cluny

“It would be easier for the earth to exist without the sun rather than without the Holy Mass.”   ~St. Pio of Pietrelcina

“The whole sanctuary and the space before the altar is filled with the heavenly Powers come to honor Him who is present upon the altar.”   ~St. John Chrysostom

“No human tongue can describe the immense favors and blessing which we receive from the Mass. The sinner obtains pardon, the good man becomes more holy, our faults are corrected and our vices uprooted by hearing Holy Mass.”   ~St. Lawrence Justianian

“O admirable heights and sublime lowliness! O sublime humility! O humble sublimity! That the Lord of the universe, God and the Son of God, so humbles Himself that for our salvation He hides Himself under the little form of bread! Look, brothers, at the humility of God and pour out your hearts before Him! Humble yourselves, as well, that you may be exalted by Him. Therefore, hold back nothing of yourselves for yourselves so that He Who gives Himself totally to you may receive you totally.”   ~St. Francis of Assisi

“For each Mass we hear with devotion, Our Lord sends a saint to comfort us at death.”   ~St. Gertrude the Great

“It is most true that he who attends holy Mass shall be freed from many evils and from many dangers, both seen and unseen.”   ~St. Gregory

Without doubt, the Lord grants all favors which are asked of Him in Mass, provided they be fitting for us; and, which is a matter of great wonder, ofttimes He also grants that also which is not demanded of Him, if we, on our part, put no obstacle in the way.”  ~St. Jerome

The principal excellence of the most Holy Sacrifice of the Mass consists in being essentially, and in the very highest degree, identical with that which was offered on the Cross of Calvary: with this sole difference that the sacrifice on the Cross was bloody, and made once for all, and did on that one occasion satisfy fully for all the sins of the world; while the sacrifice of the altar is an unbloody sacrifice, which can be repeated an infinite number of times, and was instituted in order to apply in detail that universal ransom which Jesus paid for us on Calvary.”   ~St. Leonard of Port Maurice

“O blessed Mass, by which we come to have the Son of God placed not within our arms but within our hearts, Nor is there a doubt but that with Him, and Him alone, we shall be able to satisfy the debt of gratitude which we have contracted with God.”   ~St. Leonard of Port Maurice

“If only an angel would stand at our side and render himself visible, when we are burning incense at the altar, when we are celebrating the sacrifice! For you may not doubt that angels are present, when Christ is there, when Christ is being sacrificed.”   ~St. Ambrose

“When you hear Mass, do you come in the same frame of mind as the Blessed Virgin at Calvary? Because it is the same God, and the same Sacrifice.”   ~St. John Vianney


3 thoughts on “Feast of All Saints

  1. Fr. Christopher Brandler

    Thank you for the well selected texts on the value of the Mass. The images add to the devotion which is proper to such sacred topics. I am grateful for any thoughts or words which help priests to remember better and to appreciate more the role of the Mass in their priesthood. God bless you and your work.

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    1. damselofthefaith Post author

      You’re most welcome, Father.

      Thank you for your kind words. I am pleased to know that my blog is doing some good. I want nothing more than to spread the True Faith, for the honor of God and to show the truth that the SSPX was chosen by God to play a major role in the restoration of the Church, by their (your) adherence to the Catholic Faith and the True Mass. So, thank you, Father, for being one of those chosen for that special role by being a Priest of the Society.

      I will keep you in prayer, Father. God bless you.

      “The power of the priest, is the power of the divine person; for the transubstantiation of the bread requires as much power as the creation of the world.” ~St. Bernardine of Siena

      “O Priest! You are not yourself because you are God. You are not of yourself because you are the servant and minister of Christ. You are not your own because you are the spouse of the Church. You are not yourself because you are the mediator between God and man. You are not from yourself because you are nothing. What then are you? Nothing and everything. O Priest! Take care lest what was said to Christ on the cross be said to you: “He saved others, himself he cannot save!” ~St. Norbert



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