10 Great Quotes on the Holy Mass
Fr. Stefano Manelli of the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate (FFI) has received a great deal of attention in recent months. The co-founder and former Minister General of the FFI has seen the order placed under direct control of an assigned commissioner for the Vatican following allegations of internal dissension, as well as a “crypto-lefebvrian and definitely traditionalist drift in the community” (Rorate-Caeli, December 11, 2013).
At this time the future of the order, as well as that of its aging founder, is uncertain.
What is certain, however, is that Fr. Stefano Manelli wrote a beautiful treatise on the Eucharist just over forty years ago entitled “Jesus Our Eucharistic Love” (Academy of the Immaculate, 1996). Within this modern spiritual classic Fr. Manelli quotes extensively from many great saints of Holy Mother Church.
The following ten quotes taken from “Jesus Our Eucharistic Love” serve to remind us that there is nothing more important we can ever do in this life than to hear the Holy Mass.
“The celebration of Holy Mass has the same value as the Death of Jesus on the Cross.”
-St. Thomas Aquinas
“Man should tremble, the world should quake, all Heaven should be deeply moved when the Son of God appears on the altar in the hands of the priest.”
-St. Francis of Assisi
“It would be easier for the world to survive without the sun than to do so without the Holy Mass.”
-St. Pio of Pietrelcina
“No human tongue can enumerate the favors that trace back to the Sacrifice of the Mass. The sinner is reconciled with God; the just man becomes more upright; sins are wiped away; vices are uprooted; virtue and merit increases; and the devil’s schemes are frustrated.”
-St. Lawrence Justinian
“O you deluded people, what are you doing? Why do you not hasten to the churches to hear as many Masses as you can? Why do you not imitate the angels, who, when a Holy Mass is celebrated, come down in myriads from Paradise and take their stations about our altars in adoration to intercede for us?”
-St. Leonard of Port Maurice
“Know, O Christian, that the Mass is the holiest act of religion. You cannot do anything to glorify God more, nor profit your soul more, than by devoutly assisting at it, and assisting as often as possible.”
-St. Peter Julian Eymard
“One merits more by devoutly assisting at a Holy Mass than by distributing all of his goods to the poor and traveling all over the world on pilgrimage.”
The last three quotes are all from the Curé d’Ars, St. John Marie Vianney.
“Martyrdom is nothing in comparison with the Mass, because martyrdom is the sacrifice of man to God, whereas the Mass is the Sacrifice of God for man!”
“If we knew the value of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, how much greater effort we would put forth in order to assist at it!”
“How happy is that guardian angel who accompanies a soul to Holy Mass!”
Posted on January 6, 2014, in holiness, liturgy and tagged fr stefano manelli, franciscan friars of the immaculate, jesus our eucharistic love, quotes on holy mass, st john marie vianney, the holy mass. Bookmark the permalink. 13 Comments.
Thank you Liturgy Guy. Sent these to my brother who doesn’t believe you need to go to Mass to get to heaven.
Thank you Mike! Maybe one of these great quotes will speak to him and help him to realize the grace and supernatural beauty of the Holy Mass. Continued prayers and sacrifice. Have masses offered for him as well. Masses for the living are even more beneficial than those offered for the deceased.
“Jesus Our Eucharistic Love” is one of my all-time favorite books!
We need to make sure more people are aware of it Marcia. We also need to pray for Father Manelli and the FI.
God bless and thank you for reading the blog!
“The Priest, who, being not lawfully hindred, doth neglect to say Mass, deprives the most holy Trinity of glory and praise, the Angels of joy, Sinners of pardon, the Righteous of grace and help, the souls in Purgatory of cooling and refreshment, the Church of the heavenly benefit of Jesus Christ our Lord, and the Priest himself of Medicine and help.”
–St. Bede the Venerable
Thank you Father Petrica! Another beautiful quote about the Holy Mass.
What original source/writing does St. Thomas Aquinas’ quote (about the celebration of Holy Mass having the same value as the death of Jesus on the cross) come from? Was it his Summa Theologica? If so, where was it exactly, since I’d be curious to read the context around it. Thanks and God bless!
Good question Jason. I do not know which writings it specifically comes from. I got it from Father Stefano Manelli’s book. I checked around online but couldn’t determine its exact origin. Let me know if you have better luck. God bless!
Jason did you ever come up with anything? I have the same question as I would like to use this quote for a retreat.
You are awesome for your beautiful website. Thank you! This is exactly what my soul needed to hear this morning. I’m spreading the Word!
“Martyrdom is nothing in comparison with the Mass, because martyrdom is the sacrifice of man to God, whereas the Mass is the Sacrifice of God for man!” – The Cure of Ars
(And so, why our Blessed Lord asked St. Faustina, not for the Chaplet, which is about us, but for the Stations of the Cross, which is about Him, at 3 o’clock.)
A well known and well publicized exorcist has said that exorcisms that once took only 2 sessions at most under the old ceremonial form are now taking a year, or more, if they are even finally successful. He attributes the difficulty to lack of holiness among the Church’s members.
It makes me wonder why the blood of the martyrs, flowing more freely than ever before in history, is lacking in efficacy?
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