Living in the Two Hearts

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Coming Soon: Chapter 3: The Heavenly Liturgy and the Holy Mass

Posted by Anne Elizabeth on December 1, 2012

The Prayer of the Church

The Prayer of the Church

CHRISTIAN PRAYER: READING: Romans 13: 11-14 (emphasis added, with commentary)

It is now the hour for you to wake from sleep, for our salvation is closer than when we first accepted the faith.  the night is far spent; the day draws near.

[That is the DAY of the LORD!]

 Let us cast off deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light.

The Full Armor of God

Let us live honorably as in daylight; not in carousing and drunkenness, not in sexual excess and lust, not in quarreling and jealousy

Rather, put on the Lord Jesus Christ and make no provision for the desires of the flesh.

The Full Armor of God

The Word of the Lord … Thanks be to God!

RESPONSORY:  Christ, Son of the living God, have MERCY ON US! (emphasis added)

Index of Terms

The Heavenly Liturgy and the Holy Mass Today

The Apocalypse: “the book of the heavenly liturgy…standard for [the Church’s] own liturgy.” ~Cardinal Ratzinger (Pope Benedict XVI), “The Spirit of the Liturgy”. Ignatius Press. c.2000.

 

CHRISTIAN PRAYER: Thursday, Week II, Evening Prayer: READING 1 Peter 1:18-23 (emphasis added)

[Brothers and Sisters] realize that you were delivered from the futile way of life your fathers handed on to you, not by any diminishable sum of silver or gold, but by Christ’s Blood beyond all price: the blood of a spotless unblemished lamb chosen before the world’s foundation and revealed for your sake in these last days

It is through Him that you are believers in God, the God who raised Him from the dead and gave Him glory.  Your faith and hope, then, are centered in God.

By obedience to the truth you have purified yourselves for a genuine love of your brothers; therefore, LOVE one another CONSTANTLY from the heart.

Your rebirth has come, not from a destructible by from an indestructible seed, through the living and enduring WORD of God.

The Word of the Lord … Thanks be to God!

RESPONSORAL: The Lord is My Shepherd, I shall want for nothing.

2Chron 7:14

Got your bible handy?

A QUICK REVIEW OF THE FOUNDATION:

Sacred Scripture falls under one of two senses: the Literal and the Spiritual, which is broken down into the allegorical, moral, and anagogical senses.  Yet all of these are based on the Literal. Because,

The INTENTION of the Author could very well be to convey an historical fact, or to write poetry popular of that day, or maybe to recount a story and do so with a deeper meaning than the original presentation. (Chapter 2, review)

John 2: 19-21

We are provided a prime example in the scriptural account regarding the Temple in Jerusalem…

First, it’s an historical fact that the Temple stood in the city of Jerusalem = literal-historical sense

Though we also read in Scripture that Jesus is the true temple, that is his Body (cf. Jn 2:21) = allegorical sense.   And we are further reminded that as members of Christ’s Body, we too are temples of the Holy Spirit (1Cor 3:16, 6: 19-20) = moral sense

Lastly, the coming again of Jesus to establish His Father’s kingdom on earth will bring about the New Jerusalem where God Himself becomes the temple – that is the place of worship (Rev 21:22), thus providing fulfillment = anagogical

(cf. Barber, 15)

John's prophecy...

John’s prophecy…

Now, on to Chapter 3!

THE DIVISION OF JOHN’S BOOK

John’s book divides into three parts (“All in Threes!  Just like the Holy Trinity!”)

I – Seven Letters: Calling the People to Repentance (Rev 2-3)

IN THE HOLY MASS: We begin with the Penitential Rite and repent of our sins, “I confess, to Almighty God, and to you my brothers and sisters that I have greatly sinned. In my thoughts and in my words…”

II – Seven Seals : Broken they release Seven Judgments [reminder: in biblical terms, seven is the number of COMPLETION], (Rev 4-11)

IN THE HOLY MASS: We celebrate the Liturgy of the Word, that is, the opening of the Sacred Scriptures with the First and Second Readings followed by a passage from the Gospel writings.

III – Seven Chalices (Bowls) are poured out bringing the final and complete judgment, climaxing with the Marriage Feast of the Lamb – that is when the Church is reunited with Christ in the New Jerusalem (Rev 12 – 22)

IN THE HOLY MASS: We finish the with the Liturgy of the Holy Eucharist, that is, the representation of the Marriage Feast with the Lamb, calling Jesus down – Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity – and then consuming Him and JOINING ourselves with Him as we will in the New Jerusalem. 

Powerful, huh?  Makes one have to ask: 1Cor 11: 27, 29?

Every Eucharist is Parousia, the Lord’s coming.” ~Pope Benedict XVI (Barber, 27, endnote 7)  

Parousia: Greek = Presence; the Lord is present to us in the Eucharist (cf. Mt 26: 26-28; Mk 14: 22-24; Lk 22: 19-20;

Three Gospel writers can’t all be wrong.  And where is John’s account?  We’re about to start reading it!

In other words, The Apocalypse [unveiling] shows us that when we celebrate the liturgy on earth, we join with the angels and saints in their liturgy in heaven.(Barber, 27)

“Holy, Holy, Holy Lord, God of Hosts. The whole earth is full of His glory” ~Is 6:3
“Holy, Holy, is the Lord God, Almighty, Who was and is and IS to come!” ~Rev 4:8c (
emphasis added)

All this gives totally credence to what I had said earlier and have said throughout the pages of my blog: Sacred Scripture is TIMELESS!  It is not constrained to any particular point in time. 

The “Book of Revelation shows us…Christ’s coming… is past, present, and future… ‘Who is and Who was, and Who is to come’ (Rev 1:4).  In other words, Christ IS the One who was to come, Who IS coming, and Who IS to come on the LAST day.” (Barber, 28, emphasis added)

KEY POINT

***Christ COMES (Parousia) to His Church in the Liturgy of the Holy Mass***

So when rogue Bishops and priests mess with this Holy and Sacred Celebration, they are bringing upon themselves the worst condemnation possible.  They are not just messing with the mirrored heavenly liturgy, but they are taking countless others away from that heavenly liturgy!!!

What did Jesus say?!?!

He said, “…but whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a great millstone fastened round his neck and to be drowned in the depth of the sea… woe to the man by whom the temptation comes! (Mt 18: 6, 7c)

Woe! That’s deep, man…

A PROFOUND THOUGHT

Because Christ “came unto His own”, those “who received Him, who believed in His name, He gave power to become children of God; [that is those] who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God (Jn 1: 11, 12-13).

Now, before the above statement became our reality, whom was it that first came from God?  The Angels!  Who was it first that God work through with His creation on earth?  The Angels! (See Ex 3: 2, 6; Tobit 5, et al).

But since Christ came in the flesh and redeemed all flesh, because of His Parousia we are now made children of the Most High God:

Christ is now present and working through humans the same mysterious way He once worked only through [the] angels.  (Barber, 34).

Therefore, the Apocalypse [Revealing] can never be explained properly apart from Christ’s coming to the Church in Eucharistic celebration (cf. CCC§1137).  It is there that the Church unites her suffering with Christ’s and truly experiences Him coming to her.” (Barber, 35, emphasis added)

CCC§1137

 

AND WITH THAT REVIEW IN TRUTH:

We are ready to begin reading John’s Revealing.  Keeping in mind that he did write about an ACTUAL HISTORICAL EVENT that was soon to come to pass, AS WELL AS events that would come again in the final days before the Savior’s return:

It is not for [us] to know the times or seasons which the Father has fixed by His own authority…[but from] the fig tree learn its lesson: as soon as its branch becomes tender and puts forth its leaves, you know that summer is near.  So also, when you see all these things, know that He is near, at the very gates.” (Acts 1: 7; Mt 24: 32-33, emphasis added)

Unless you eat the flesh of the Son of man and drink His blood, you have no life in you.” ~John 6:53

***Conclusion… The FULLNESS of REVELATION is FOUND ONLY in CHRIST!***

 

My “to-do” list

CHAPTER 4: John’s Vision of the Son of Man, Part I: Please read ahead if you have the book.

Chapter 3: Discussion/Study Questions

Previous Chapter – Chapter 2: Discussion/ Study Questions

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