Every so often, it’s important for us as Christians to stand up to error, much like our forefathers did and at all costs.
As a young Christian involved in Youth Ministry, I often come across a variety of people and youth leaders of other denominations who every so often, question the biblical foundations of Catholic doctrines and practices. After resisting the initial temptation to become frustrated with their apparent taste for overlooking the fact that the Bible came from the Catholic Church in the first place, it dawned on me quite surprisingly that many Protestants and even many Catholics, remain ignorant as to the depth of Catholic practice, nor understand the ancient forms of Christian worship which the Church has preserved and in many cases, continues to observe. Now whether that ignorance is voluntary or not, one thing in particular that I find common in both groups is that many cannot fully grasp and understand the beauty and richness of the Mass and in particular, how it brings to life the teachings and practices of Sacred Scripture.
Dr. Scott Hahn from Franciscan University of Steubenville sums this up quite nicely when he writes ,”The Mass is the one thing that Catholics experience on a weekly basis all their lives, and the Bible is the one book that they will hear at every Mass. Since Masses on Sundays and holy days include three readings from the two testaments, plus a psalm, the average faithful Catholic Christian spends about 15 hours a year in focused Bible Study. For the Catholic who goes to Mass daily, the totals rival even the hours spent by some scholars.”
So in examinig the Biblical layout of the Mass, we see that in addition to the readings, here is where you can find the Biblical origins of the Mass parts:
Trinitarian Blessing: Mt 28:19
Apostolic Greeting: 2 Cor 13:13
“The Lord be with you”: 2 Thes 3:1
“I confess…”: 2 Thes 3:1
“Lord have Mercy”: Mt 17:15
Gloria: Lk 2:14
”: Rv 19:16
“Lift up your hearts”: Lam 3:41
“Holy, Holy, Holy”: Rv 4:8
The Great Amen: Rv 5:14
The Lord’s Prayer: Mt 6:9-13
“Lamb of God”: Jn 1:29
“Behold the Lamb”: Rv 19:9
Dismissal: Lk 7:50
“Thanks be to God”: 2 Cor 9:15
In the first half of the Mass, we hear the Word of God proclaimed unto us – from His earliest revelations to mankind through the sacred scriptures of the Old Testament, to the proclamation of salvation through Jesus Christ in the Gospels and Letters of the New Testament. The Priest then presents a reflection on the scriptural readings, teaching with the authority handed down from Christ to His Apostles and down through the centuries in His Church, emploring us to live according to His Word and the example that Christ laid down for us to follow. Finally, as the Mass climaxes in the Liturgy of the Eucharist, the Scriptures are brought to life as we partake of the Lord’s Supper, receiving Christ together with the entire Church around the world and throughout the ages.
Catholicism ‘unbiblical’? One might reconsider and take an honest look