Thoughts for the Week - Fr R Taouk
27th September 2015
Ceremonies of the
Mass by Rev. Fr. Henry Tuberville, D.D.
It is the
unbloody sacrifice of Christ's Body and Blood, under the
forms of bread and wine. The word Mass, used in
English, being derived from Missa,
Latin; and the word Missa, though it may have
other derivations, may be well taken from the Hebrew
word Missach, which signifies a free voluntary
signify the several ornaments of the Priest?
1. The Amice, or
linen veil, which he first puts on, represents the veil
with which the Jews covered the face of Christ, when
they buffeted Him in the house of Caiaphas, and
bid Him prophesy, "who it was that struck Him".
2. The Alb
signifies the white garment, which Herod put on
Him, to intimate that he was a fool.
3. The Girdle
signifies the cord that bound Him in the garden.
Maniple, the cord which bound Him to the pillar.
5. The Stole,
the cord by which they led Him to be crucified.
6. The Priest's
upper Vestment represents both the seamless coat
of Christ, as also the purple garment with which they
clothed Him in derision in the house of Pilate.
Altar-stone represents the Cross on which he
offered Himself unto the Father.
Chalice, the sepulchre or grave of Christ.
9. The Paten,
the stone which was rolled to the door of the sepulchre
(also signifies the Blessed Virgin Mary and her hidden
role in salvation).
Altar-cloths, with the Corporal and Pall,
the linen in which the dead body of Christ was shrouded
and buried. Finally, the candles on the Altar puts us in
mind of the light which Christ brought into the world by
His Passion, as also of His immortal and ever shining