The Mass Shall Cease

The Mass Shall Cease

St. Francis de Sales (Bishop and Doctor of the Church): “Is it not written that the revolt and separation must come (2 Thess. ii. 3), and that the sacrifice shall cease (Dan. xii. 11), and that the Son of Man shall hardly find faith on earth at his second visible return (Luke xviii 8), when he will come to judge? All these passages are understood of the affliction which Antichrist shall cause in the Church…But the Church… shall not fail, and shall be fed and preserved amidst the deserts and solitudes to which She shall retire, as the Scripture says, (Apoc. Ch. 12),” —The Catholic Controversy

St. Alphonsus Ligouri (great moral theologian, the founder of the Redemptorists): “It is true it [the Mass] will cease on earth at the time of Antichrist: the Sacrifice of the Mass is to be suspended…according to the prophecy of Daniel, (Dan. 12:11).”

St. Alphonsius Liguori-“The devil has always attempted, by means of heretics, to deprive the world of the Mass, making them precursors of antichrist, who before anything else, will try to abolish and will actually abolish the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, as a punishment for the sins of men, according to the prediction of Daniel, ‘And strength was given him against the continual sacrifice.”

Pope Pius XII “A day will come when the civilized world will deny its God, when the Church will doubt as Peter doubted. She will be tempted to believe that man has become God. In our churches, Christians will search in vain for the red lamp where God awaits them. Like Mary Magdalene, weeping before the empty tomb, they will ask, ‘Where have they taken Him?’”

St. Alphonsus comforts Christ’s scattered flock: “the Son of God, Eternal Priest, will always continue to offer Himself to God, the Father, in Heaven as an Eternal Sacrifice.” —The Holy Eucharist

Saint Irenaeus of Lyons (leading Christian theologian of the 2nd century): “And then he points out the time that his tyranny shall last, during which the saints shall be put to flight, they who offer a pure sacrifice unto God…the sacrifice and the libation shall be taken away, and the abomination of desolation [shall be brought] into the temple: even unto the consummation of the time shall the desolation be complete. Daniel 9:27”  Against Heresies, Bk V, Chap XXV

Marie-Julie Jahenny (French Prophetess): “…there will not remain any vestige of the Holy Sacrifice…”

St. Hippolytus: The Churches shall lament with a great lamentation, for there shall be offered no more oblation, nor incense, nor worship acceptable to God. The sacred buildings of the churches shall be as hovels; and the precious body and blood of Christ shall not be manifest in those days; the Liturgy shall be extinct; the chanting of psalms shall cease; the reading of Holy Scripture shall be heard no more. But there shall be upon men darkness, and mourning upon mourning, and woe upon woe. (tributus Liber de Consum. Mundi, § 34.)

Cardinal Manning (one of the instrumental theologians at Vatican I and favorite of PopePius IX): “The Holy Fathers who have written upon the subject of Antichrist and the prophecies of Daniel — all of them unanimously — say that in the latter end of the world, during the reign of Antichrist, the Holy Sacrifice of the altar will cease.”— The Present Crisis of the Holy See

Reverend J.C. Fenton: “The Council of Trent identified the unanimous teaching of the fathers with the interpretation of the Church itself (Vatican Council-Ed.), as the standard for the correct explanation of Holy Scripture.” (p. 135.) Malvenda (Theologian and advisor to cardinal, employed in revising the Dominican Breviary): The Holy Fathers who have written upon the subject of Antichrist, and of these prophecies of Daniel, without a single exception, as far as I know,—and they are the Fathers both of the East and of the West, the Greek and the Latin Church—all of them unanimously,—say that in the latter end of the world, during the reign of Antichrist, the holy sacrifice of the altar will cease. (de Antichristo], lib. viii.)

Malvenda (Theologian and advisor to cardinal, employed in revising the Dominican Breviary):  The Holy Fathers who have written upon the subject of Antichrist, and of these prophecies of Daniel, without a single exception, as far as I know,—and they are the Fathers both of the East and of the West, the Greek and the Latin Church—all of them unanimously,—say that in the latter end of the world, during the reign of Antichrist, the holy sacrifice of the altar will cease. (de Antichristo], lib. viii.)

Reverend J.C. Fenton: “The Council of Trent identified the unanimous teaching of the fathers with the interpretation of the Church itself (Vatican Council-Ed.), as the standard for the correct explanation of Holy Scripture.” (p. 135.)

St. Hippolytus:  “The sacred buildings of the churches shall be as hovels; and the precious body and blood of Christ shall not be manifest in those days; the Liturgy shall be extinct.” (tributus Liber de Consum. Mundi, § 34.)

Marie Julie Jahenny (the famous Briton stigmatist), heard Satan say to Christ, “For a time I will be Master of all things, everything will be under my control, even your temple and all your people.” A few further excerpts from Marie, “and will continue implacably to obtain the cessation of Holy Mass…”

Fr. Francis Hunolt (1724 renowned preacher of the Society of Jesus): “And arms shall stand on his part, and they shall defile the sanctuary of strength, and shall take away the continual sacrifice: and they shall place there the abomination unto desolation.”

Blessed John Henry Newman (19th-century’s most important English-speaking theologians): “They shall take away the Daily Sacrifice.”

Venerable Anne Catherine Emmerich (1774 Augustinian Canoness Regular of Windesheim, mystic, Marian visionary, ecstatic and stigmatist).: “the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass would cease.”

St. Robert Bellarmine (one of the most important figures in the Counter-Reformation): “For it must be known that in the divine letters the Holy Spirit to have given as six sure signs concerning the coming of the Antichrist…and also that the public sacrifice (of the mass) shall completely cease…”

Saint  Irenaeus of Lyons (leading Christian theologian of the 2nd century): “And then he points out the time that his tyranny shall last, during which the saints shall be put to flight, they who offer a pure sacrifice unto God: And in the midst of the week, he says, the sacrifice and the libation shall be taken away, and the abomination of desolation [shall be brought] into the temple: even unto the consummation of the time shall the desolation be complete. Daniel 9:27 Now three years and six months constitute the half-week.” Against Heresies, Bk V, Chap XXV

Blessed John Henry Newman (19th-century’s most important English-speaking theologians):  “They shall take away the Daily Sacrifice,”—words which the early Fathers interpret to mean, that Antichrist will suppress for three years and a half all religious worship. St. Augustine questions whether baptism even will be administered to infants during that season.”

Q. What do Scriptures mean by “three and a half years” 
A. Three and a half is a broken seven, a symbolic week that “is arrested midway in its normal course.” J. Massyngberde Ford was Professor of New Testament Studies at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana., Revelation, AB 38 (New York: Doubleday, 1975), 170.

It is derived from Daniel 7:25 and 12:7, where “a time, two times, and half a time” or “time, times, and a half” designates a period of oppression and corresponds approximately to the temple’s desecration under Antiochus IV Epiphanes (167-164 BCE). In the Book of Apocalypse, three and a half is a numerical cipher for the in-between times, the time between Jesus’ ascension to heaven and his return at the end of age to defeat evil. 

Other variants of three and a half occur in Revelation, for example, forty-two months (Rev. 11:2; 13:5); one thousand two hundred and sixty days (1260 days, Rev. 11:3; 12:6); “time and times and half a time” (Rev. 12:4, 11); and three and a half days (Rev. 11:9, 11).

 

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