Melchizedek’s Bread and Wine: Prefiguring the Mass

๐—ง๐—›๐—˜ ๐—ฅ๐—ข๐— ๐—”๐—ก ๐—–๐—”๐—ง๐—˜๐—–๐—›๐—œ๐—ฆ๐— 

๐Ÿณ๐Ÿฑ. ๐—ง๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐— ๐—ฎ๐˜€๐˜€: ๐—ฃ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ณ๐—ถ๐—ด๐˜‚๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ข๐—น๐—ฑ ๐—ง๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜๐—ฎ๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜

“If we look for figures and prophecies of this sacrifice in the Old Testament, we find, in the first place, that its institution was clearly foretold by Malachi in these words: ‘From the rising of the Sun to its setting my name is great among the nations, and in every place incense is offered to my name, and a pure offering; for my name is great among the nations, says the Lord of hosts’ (Mal 1:11). The Mass was also foretold, before and after the promulgation of the Law of Moses, by a variety of sacrifices. For all the benefits typified by these sacrifices found their culmination and perfection in this one sacrifice was to come. ๐๐ฎ๐ญ ๐ข๐ง ๐ง๐จ๐ง๐ž ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ฌ๐ž ๐ฌ๐š๐œ๐ซ๐ข๐Ÿ๐ข๐œ๐ž๐ฌ ๐ข๐ง ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐Ž๐ฅ๐ ๐“๐ž๐ฌ๐ญ๐š๐ฆ๐ž๐ง๐ญ ๐ข๐ฌ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฉ๐ซ๐ž๐Ÿ๐ข๐ ๐ฎ๐ซ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ฆ๐จ๐ซ๐ž ๐ž๐ฑ๐ฉ๐ฅ๐ข๐œ๐ข๐ญ ๐ญ๐ก๐š๐ง ๐ข๐ง ๐ญ๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐Œ๐ž๐ฅ๐œ๐ก๐ข๐ณ๐ž๐๐ž๐ค. For the Savior, declaring himself to be ‘a priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek’ (Ps. 110:4; see Gn 14:18; Heb 7:17), ๐’‚๐’• ๐’•๐’‰๐’† ๐‘ณ๐’‚๐’”๐’• ๐‘บ๐’–๐’‘๐’‘๐’†๐’“ ๐’๐’‡๐’‡๐’†๐’“๐’†๐’… ๐’•๐’ ๐‘ฎ๐’๐’… ๐’•๐’‰๐’† ๐‘ญ๐’‚๐’•๐’‰๐’†๐’“ ๐’‰๐’Š๐’” ๐‘ฉ๐’๐’…๐’š ๐’‚๐’๐’… ๐‘ฉ๐’๐’๐’๐’… ๐’–๐’๐’…๐’†๐’“ ๐’•๐’‰๐’† ๐’‚๐’‘๐’‘๐’†๐’‚๐’“๐’‚๐’๐’„๐’†๐’” ๐’๐’‡ ๐’ƒ๐’“๐’†๐’‚๐’… ๐’‚๐’๐’… ๐’˜๐’Š๐’๐’†.”

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1 thought on “Melchizedek’s Bread and Wine: Prefiguring the Mass

  1. Itโ€™s interesting that the Mass was prefigured, not by any divinely appointed religious rites, but by the practice of natural religion, in the context of rites of mostly human intellectual construct, by those who were God-fearing, without any written revelation of divine inspiration. There was a priesthood of natural origin, perhaps based on human concepts of elders, that first replicated the basic structure of the Mass. kind of incredible! I think thatโ€™s what the renaissance in a sense was about- if Melchizedek was righteous in his religious context and priesthood, what about Lao-Tzu or the earlier stages of Greek religion? Or the Indian theologians who were monotheistic like the Brahmins? Did they have a righteousness like that of Melchizedek? In this sense, Vatican II is revisiting the renaissance inquiry, which is the context of modern ecumenism, to an extent.

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