“The Church's great liturgical tradition teaches us that fruitful participation in the liturgy requires that one be personally conformed to the mystery being celebrated… Otherwise, however carefully planned and executed our liturgies may be, they would risk falling into a certain ritualism. Hence the need to provide an education in eucharistic faith capable of enabling the faithful to live personally what they celebrate.” (Pope Benedict XVI, SACRAMENTUM CARITATIS, 64)

Monday, August 17, 2009

Liturgical Prefigurement of the Cross

One thing I always love is when a great mystagogue adds another piece to the puzzle - in this case, that puzzle that we'll keep mystagoging for eternity, the Paschal Mystery of our Blessed Lord. Father Schnippel added another great piece today, my emphasis in bold:

"As Israel became established as a nation, this sacrifice was moved from the home to the Temple, for in the Temple, the Sacrifice became more liturgical, with associated prayers and rituals. In fact, one such ritual is vitally important for our study of Jesus as the New Passover: after the lamb for each family was killed, two wooden rods were inserted to assist in the roasting: one along the spine, the other through the ribs, from shoulder to shoulder. Each of these lambs, by the thousands, would be carried out of the Temple and to the homes of the people in and around Jerusalem. ‘Crucified lambs’ were being offered for the people."
Whoa! There's a new one for me. Please read his entire post, Jesus, the New Passover.
"And I saw that the Lamb had opened one of the seven seals, and I heard one of the four living creatures, as it were the voice of thunder, saying: Come, and see." (Rev 6:1)


  1. Wow, I read that and didn't even pick up on that for some reason! Thanks for pointing it out!

  2. You're most welcomed, my fellow Lay Mystagogue. I've heard it asked before that as part of the Jewish liturgy, the lamb had to be roasted. Exactly when was the Lamb of God roasted? Well, with Fr. Schnippel's help, we get the roasting picture. The heat was provided by His love, and the roasting spit was the Cross.

  3. thanks for the link, I got that little tidbit from Brant Pitre, who is quickly filling his resume to be up next to Scott Hahn.

  4. Thank you, Father, for the Mr. Pitre's allegorical tidbit. And thank you for following the blog. Having a fisher of fishermen as a follower grants some credibility to this "Garage Catechism" experiment (although you may want to consider spending your credibility more wisely).