Some Roman Catholics refer to the Mass as a memorial. However, the Roman
Catholic definition of memorial is "the making effective in the present of
an event in the past" (THE ANGLICAN/ROMAN CATHOLIC AGREEMENT ON THE
EUCHARIST, page 11).
If a Roman Catholic calls the Mass a memorial, one can always ask what the
Roman Catholic is remembering at the Mass. He cannot remember a completed
sacrificed as the sacrifice is continuing week after week. Neither can he
look with assurance for the "Blessed Hope," for he knows that when Jesus
comes again He will send everyone to Heaven or to Hell.
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