The mass is a dramatic re-enactment in an un-bloody manner of the sacrifice of Christ on Calvary. First, it is affirmed that the priest by virtue of his office has the power to change the bread and wine into the actual body and blood of Christ when he pronounces the words of consecration. The priest is then supposed to immolate, that is, to slay Christ and offer him up to God as a sacrifice for the expiation of sin. The term “Host” applied to the consecrated wafer used in the mass is a term of Latin derivation and means a sacrificial victim. Protestants accept that the veil was torn when Jesus died on the cross and they no longer need a high priest to sacrifice for them (Matthew 27:51-52).
2 Corinthians 3:16-18) “But whenever anyone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. Now the Lord is in the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.” It is important to realize that the mass is not simply the memorial of the sacrifice of Christ made once on the cross, but is itself a sacrifice for sins. Pope John Paul II emphasizes in 1980: “The Eucharist is above all else a sacrifice, the celebrant, as minister of this sacrifice, is the authentic priest performing – in virtue of the specific power of sacred ordination – a true sacrificial act that brings creation back to God.” The Bible teaches that there is only one propitiatory sacrifice for sin made once for all by Christ upon the cross (Isaiah 48:11) “For my own sake, even for my own sake, I do this. How can I let myself be defamed? I will not yield my glory to another.”