Sunday, August 29, 2010

On EWTN this Autumn: The Biblical Story of the Mass [IMPORTANT UPDATE]

UPDATE: Regarding the series "The Biblical Story of the Mass" which we originally posted about on August 23rd, the NLM has been informed that this series is now actually beginning today, August 29th at 5:00pm EDT and not Sept. 5th as was originally planned. Accordingly, if you were hoping to watch the series, it begins today.

Original post below:

I recently received this press release from EWTN and the series sounds both interesting and promising. One aspect which I certainly hope might come out strongly in the series is the typology to be found in Old Testament in relation to the Mass, including the matter of the Jewish Temple and Synagogue in relation to the Catholic liturgy -- in terms of both continuity and fulfillment. These aspects are indeed very powerful, both as an apologetic and also for our own understanding of the Mass; it can help us to understand precisely why the Church teaches us that the sacred liturgy is "source and summit".

Do You Know ‘The Biblical Story of the Mass?’

Find Out In EWTN’s Exclusive Fall Series

Irondale, AL (EWTN) – As a Catholic, do you ever wonder why Jesus is referred to as “the lamb of God” or why the “body and blood” of our Lord distributed at communion still look and taste like ordinary bread and wine? If the biblical story of the Mass did not begin at the Last Supper, where did it begin? Answers to these and many more questions will be provided in EWTN’s exclusive new 13-part series, “The Biblical Story of the Mass,” which will air 5 p.m. ET Sundays (with a re-air at 2:30 a.m. ET Fridays), beginning Sept. 5.

If you really want to understand what’s happening at Mass, why the priest and people have distinct liturgical roles, why the Eucharist is the best path to a more personal relationship with Jesus Christ and the Trinity – and a whole lot more -- tune into this challenging new series.

Hosted by EWTN Theologian Tom Nash and Fr. Wade Menezes, this lively, conversational program is partially based on Nash’s book, “Worthy is the Lamb: The Biblical Roots of the Mass,” Nash is also co-author of “Catholic for a Reason III: Scripture and the Mystery of the Mass,” Fr. Wade Menezes is the well-known host of numerous EWTN series, including “The Ten Commandments of Catholic Family Life," and “Gospel of Life vs. Culture of Death”.

“When St. Paul mentions the Lord’s Supper, most Protestant Christians view the ritual as simply a symbolic meal, which recalls Christ’s redemptive work that they believe began and ended on the Cross,” says Nash. “Wouldn’t you like to be able to defend the Catholic belief with biblical and historical evidence?”

Tune in this fall and learn what really happens on the altar each Sunday!

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