The Sacrifice of Jesus Christ St Alphonsus Liguori by Alphonsus Maria de Liguori

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Published: June 3rd 2009

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The Sacrifice of Jesus Christ  by  St Alphonsus Liguori by Alphonsus Maria de Liguori

The Sacrifice of Jesus Christ by St Alphonsus Liguori by Alphonsus Maria de Liguori
June 3rd 2009 | Kindle Edition | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, RTF | 61 pages | ISBN: | 4.74 Mb

Excerpt: My little work bears the title The Sacrifice of JesusChrist, for, although we distinguish by different namesthe Sacrifice of the Cross from the Sacrifice of the Altar,yet it is substantially the same sacrifice.

In fact, wefind at theMoreExcerpt: My little work bears the title The Sacrifice of JesusChrist, for, although we distinguish by different namesthe Sacrifice of the Cross from the Sacrifice of the Altar,yet it is substantially the same sacrifice. In fact, wefind at the altar the same victim and the same priestthat one day offered himself on the cross.

The Sacrificeof the Altar is a continuation or a renewal of the Sacrifice of the Cross, and differs from it only in the mannerin which it is offered.The Sacrifice of Jesus Christ.I.The Sacrifices of the Old Law were Figures of the Sacrifice ofJesus Christ.All the sacrifices of the old law were figures of thesacrifice of our divine Redeemer, and there were fourkinds of these sacrifices- namely, the sacrifices of peace,of thanksgiving, of expiation, and of impetration.1. The sacrifices of peace were instituted to render toGod the worship of adoration that is due to him as thesovereign master of all things.

Of this kind were theholocausts.2. The sacrifices of thanksgiving were destined to givethanks to the Lord for all his benefits.3. The sacrifices of expiation were established to obtainthe pardon of sin. This kind of sacrifice was speciallyrepresented in the Feast of the Expiation by the emis-sary-goat, 1 which, having been laden with all the sins ofthe people, was led forth out of the camp of the Hebrews, and afterwards abandoned in the desert to bethere devoured by ferocious beasts. This sacrifice wasthe most expressive figure of the sacrifice of the cross.Jesus Christ was laden with all the sins of men, as Isaiahhad foretold: The Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of usall?

He was afterwards ignominiously led forth fromJerusalem, whither the Apostle invites us to follow him1 Lev. xvi. 8.2 Et posuit Dominus in eo iniquitatem omnium nostrum. Isa.liii. 6.by sharing in his opprobrium: Let us go forth therefore tohim without the camp, bearing his reproach.

1 He was aban-doned to ferocious beasts- that is to say, to the Gentiles,who crucified him.4. Finally, the sacrifices of impetration had for theirobject to obtain from God his aid and his grace.Now, all these sacrifices were abolished by the comingof the Redeemer, because only the sacrifice of JesusChrist, which was a perfect sacrifice, while all the ancientsacrifices were imperfect, was sufficient to expiate allthe sins, and merit for man every grace.

This is thereason why the Son of God on entering the world said tohis Father: Sacrifice and oblation Thou wouldst not- but a bodyThou hast fitted to me. Holocausts for sin did not please Thee.Then said I: Behold, I come- in the head of the book it iswritten of me, that I should do Thy will, O God? Hence, byoffering to God the sacrifice of Jesus Christ we can fulfillall our duties towards his supreme majesty, and providefor all our wants- and by this means we succeed in main-taining a holy intercourse between God and ourselves.We must also know that the Old Law exacted fiveconditions in regard to the victims which were to beoffered to God so as to be agreeable to him- namely,sanctification, oblation, immolation, consumption, andparticipation.



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