The Sacrifice of Christ

The Sacrifice of Christ

The Sacrifice of Christ

The Sacrifice of Christ

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In launching this slight essay on the sea of however small a group of readers, I am very well aware that I am courting shipwreck on the rocks of scholarly criticism if not on some others of an even sharper kind. The informal lectures, of which it still virtually consists (for they have been only very slightly touched up) were originally delivered to a friendly group of ordinands. And the only excuses for sending them further afield are two: the first, that some of the original hearers were kind enough to suggest it and the Publishers most kindly furthered the project; and the second, that the present time seems favourable, as I have said in the lectures, for the ventilating of the subject. Perhaps never before has there been so much mutual understanding -- or at least desire for it -- between the different traditions of the Christian Church. I cannot resist quoting from Fr. Hebert to illustrate this. The following words (cited by Dr. Massey H. Shepherd in the Minneapolis addresses) would only need to be very slightly altered, near the middle of the quotation, to serve as a summary of what I try to say in these talks:

"The eucharistic Sacrifice, that storm-centre of controversy, is finding in our day a truly evangelical expression from the 'catholic' side, when it is insisted that the sacrificial action is not any sort of re-immolation of Christ, nor a sacrifice additional to His one Sacrifice, but a participation in it. The true celebrant is Christ the High-Priest, and the Christian . . .

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