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Why the laity were denied the communion wine

November 15, 2011

Aquinas developed the view that the entire flesh and blood of Christ were present both in the bread and the wine. So it did not matter if laypeople ate only the bread…they still received the whole of Christ in the bread. This (practice) became widespread only in the 13th Century, and seems to have grown out of a fear…that the blood of the Saviour would be dishonoured if any of the wine were spilt. Similar fears led to the use of a special wafer instead of ordinary bread: the wafer did not crumble.

N.R. Needham, 2000 Years of Christ’s Power, Part Two: the Middle Ages, 2005, p.270

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The priest brings Christ down from His throne

September 21, 2009

When the priest announces the tremendous words of consecration, he reaches up into the heavens, brings Christ down from His throne, and places Him upon our altar to be offered up again as the Victim for the sins of man. It is a power greater than that of saints and angels, greater than that of Seraphim and Cherubim. Indeed it is greater even than the power of the Virgin Mary. While the Blessed Virgin was the human agency by which Christ became incarnate a single time, the priest brings Christ down from heaven, and renders Him present on our altar as the eternal Victim for the sins of man not once but a thousand times! The priest speaks and lo! Christ, the eternal and omnipotent God, bows his head in humble obedience to the priests command. Of what sublime dignity is the office of the Christian priest who is thus privileged to act as the ambassador and the vice-regent of Christ on earth! He continues the essential ministry of Christ: he teaches the faithful with the authority of Christ, he pardons the penitent sinner with the power of Christ, he offers up again the same sacrifice of adoration and atonement which Christ offered on Calvary. No wonder that the name which spiritual writers are especially fond of applying to the priest is that of alter Christus. For the priest is and should be another Christ.

John O’Brien, The Faith of Millions

“He has no need, like those high priests, to offer sacrifices daily, first for his own sins and then for those of the people, since he did this once for all when he offered up himself.” Hebrews 7.27

“For by a single offering he has perfected for all time those who are being sanctified.” Hebrews 10.14