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December 29, 2019

The word “Christmas” comes from old English and is the combination of two words; ‘Christ’s Mass’. Every Mass is the Mass of Christ for many reasons. Christ is present  at every Mass. Christ is especially present when He speaks the words of consecration over the bread and wine through His priest, using the priest as His instrument. Christ becomes truly, substantially present after each consecration. When the priest elevates the consecrated Host, and afterward the consecrated Chalice, we are looking at Christ: at the living God who became incarnate for us. Christ is truly present, Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity, only His appearance looks different. The first consecration corresponds to Christ’s birth; He is born for us on our altars now, at every Mass. The second consecration corresponds to His Crucifixion; when he shed so much blood that His body and blood were separated, just as they are separated on our altars during the Mass.