‘Mystery of Faith’

Is it any wonder that 2 out of 3 Catholics no longer believe in the Real Presence of our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament?

In a news article of August 22, 2011, CNA purported to give an explanation for the responsorial acclamations by the laity to the ‘Mystery of Faith’.  According to the article, “[the] acclamation that responds….gives the assembly voice in the middle of the Eucharistic prayer” and “each [acclamation] recapitulates the deep mystery of our redemption by means of our Savior’s cross and resurrection”.

The acclamations – after the revisions of 2011 – are:

“We proclaim your Death, O Lord, and profess your Resurrection, until you come again.”

“When we eat this Bread and Drink this Cup, we proclaim your Death, O Lord, until you come again.”

“Save us, Savior of the world, for by your Cross and Resurrection you have set us free.


Well, the words in the Canon, ‘Mystery of Faith’ were never meant to “recapitulate” the deep mystery of our redemption by the death of our Lord!

Rather, according to sacred tradition – which St. Alphonsus Liguori teaches is the guardian of Catholic truths – the expression is meant to spotlight the dogma of our faith in the Real Presence! The saint, in his book The Holy Eucharist, quotes Pope Innocent III (1198 – 1216): “Quoniam aliud ibi cernitur, aliud creditor.” (We see one thing, and believe another.)

The words of Consecration in the Canon of the TLM, are by Apostolic tradition, attributed to Our Lord Himself, says Innocent III. Their meaning, as the Roman catechism teaches (Council of Trent), is that bread is no longer bread, but the Body of Christ; wine is no longer wine, but the Blood of Christ.

sm_Mystery of FaithAs for “giving voice to the assembly”, the faithful were once taught to look upon, and silently adore the elevated Sacred Species with the expression of faith, “My Lord and my God!”

In the words of the late Michael Davies, “[T]he exodus of young people from our churches has been one of the most dramatic manifestations of the ‘Conciliar Church’, but as the nature of their true birthright is something of which they are kept in total ignorance they are hardly likely to lament its absence.”

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2 Responses to ‘Mystery of Faith’

  1. Fiat says:

    I wholeheartedly agree that it must be essential to the Canon; defenders of the N.O. Missae will say that it is included in their “Eucharistic prayer” – and it is, but they do not give it the traditional meaning! Apostolic tradition tells us that the words of our Canon are the very words used by our Lord Himself for His first Mass. The Apostles used the formula as they were taught; surely, with our Lord as instructor, they were not ignorant of the meaning of what the Mystery of Faith was!! The meaning attributed to those words in the N.O. is pure deception, and people who read this, and who continue to attend the N.O. will no longer be able to claim ignorance. I would hope that they at least would refrain from voicing assent to heterodoxy. Otherwise, chances are they could most likely lose their faith in the Real Presence, as have nearly 70% of Catholics!

  2. Matthew Rose says:

    Aquinas seems to think it is likely that the Mysterium Fidei is an essential part of the Form; and the Catechism of the Council of Trent agrees. Uh-oh to the New Order consecration!

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