Sacrifice is the highest form of adoration in which a duly authorized priest, in the name of the people, offers a victim in acknowledgement of God’s supreme dominion and of total human dependence on God. The victim is at least partially removed from human use and to that extent more or less destroyed as an act of submission to the Divine majesty. Thus sacrifice is not only an oblation. Where an oblation offers something to God, a sacrifice immolates or gives up what is sacrificed. In sacrifice the gift offered is something precious completely surrendered by the one making the sacrifice as a token of humble recognition of God’s sovereignty.
The New Testament Sacrifice of the Mass, instituted by Our Lord Jesus Christ at the Last Supper, is the central act of worship and prayer of The Catholic faith. The word “Mass” is a late form of the Latin “Missio” (sending out) from which the faithful are sent out to put into practice what they have learned from the Mass, the Eucharistic liturgy and the homily with the graces they have received from all these.
The Council Of Trent defined the Mass as, “The same Christ who offered Himself once in a bloody manner on the altar of the Cross, is present and offered in an unbloody manner.” Consequently, the Mass is a truly propitiatory sacrifice which means that by this oblation, “The Lord is appeased, He grants grace and the gift of repentance, and He pardons wrongdoings and sins, even grave ones. For it is one and the same victim, who now makes the offering through the ministry of the priests and He who then offered on the Cross. The only difference is in the manner of the offering” (Denzinger 1743).

About Fr. Lou Guardiola

Father Louis was born March 23rd, 1953 into a Mexican-American family in Detroit, Michigan. He has been a member of the Blue Army of Our Lady of Fatima since 1967. He attended Loyola University of Chicago, graduating Cum Laude in Scholastic Philosophy and Classical languages in 1976, having studied four years of Latin and five years of Greek. He taught Religious Education for many years in Illinois, Michigan, Kentucky and Connecticut as a layperson, novice, religious brother, Deacon and Priest. He studied under Fr. John Hardon as a Lay Catechist for seven years (1989-96) assisting him in research for his articles, books, and catechisms and in coordinating conferences with bishops and cardinals. Father Louis entered religious life with the Fathers of Mercy in 1996. He studied at Holy Apostles Seminary 1997-2001, graduating with M.A. in Divinity and M.A. in Theology, Magna cum Laude and class valedictorian. He was ordained May 31st, 2001, then assigned as assistant Pastor of Sacred Heart Church and interim Pastor of St. Peter?s church 2001-2. Father now resides at the Fathers of Mercy Generalate in South Union, Kentucky when he is not preaching missions, retreats and 40 hours devotions. Fr. Louis, and other members of the congregation, in conjunction with The Real Presence Association , is available to: Come to your parish as Eucharistic Speakers to promote Perpetual Adoration and Education Come to your parish to conduct a 40 hours devotion Come to your parish to conduct a week-long Eucharistic mission or retreat