Our first lesson in this course is on Death. For the Christian, death is never the end. All souls – those destined for Heaven and those destined for Hell – all must die. But life does not end at death – it is transformed into life everlasting. Whether a soul is in Heaven or in Hell, it will live forever.
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INTROIT from the Requiem Mass:
Requiem æternam dona eis, Domine,et lux perpetua luceat eis.Te decet hymnus Deus, in Sion,et tibi reddetur votum in Ierusalem.Exaudi orationem meam;ad te omnis caro veniet.Requiem æternam dona eis, Domine,et lux perpetua luceat eis. (Grant them eternal rest, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them.A hymn becomes you, O God, in Zion, and to you shall a vow be repaid in Jerusalem. Hear my prayer;to you shall all flesh come. Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them.)
Q: What is Death?
Death is the separation of the soul and the body. Death is the result of Adam and Eve's sin. It is not the end of life. Death is the transformation (i.e. the door) to life everlasting. Death is real — all mankind has to undergo death. Even our Lord Jesus Christ — who did not have to undergo death because He was sinless (since He is God) — chose to undergo death to bring about the salvation of mankind. And it is widely believed that at the end of Mary's sinless life, before her Assumption of soul and body into Heaven, that she too experienced death.
Q: What is the value of the Mass?
The Miraculous Value of the Holy Mass is well documented by a number of the saints whose inspiring writings and visions bear testimony to this: “My son, if men only knew the value of the Holy Mass, they would be forever on their knees listening to it” (Padre Pio to Vittorio Chimetto)
“The Holy Mass is the renewal of the sacrifice of the Cross”. It is the sacrifice that detains Divine justice, that rules the entire Church, that saves the world. In the hour of death, the Masses that you have devoutly attended will be your greatest consolation. In each Mass the temporal suffering due to your sins is diminished in accordance with the degree of commitment you bring to it. In each Mass, Jesus forgives you the venial sins you have not confessed but have repented. In each Mass, Satan’s dominion over you is reduced. One Mass heard by you in your life does more good than many that may be heard for you after your death. In each Mass, you are given protection against dangers and misfortunes that would otherwise have befallen you. With each Mass your time in Purgatory is reduced. The Holy Sacrifice is the most effective of prayers, over and above all other prayers, good works and penance; by its own virtue it immediately and infallibly produces effect in favour of souls. Each Ma... Please purchase this lesson to continue learning.
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