A fascinating post by Jefferson, which beautifully opens up the Old Testament prefigurations of the cornerstone of our faith: the holy sacrifice of the Mass.
Exodus 12:1-28, we read “On the tenth of this month………..It is Passover of the Lord…..That day will come a memorial for you; from age to age you will celebrate it….”
So a religious feast (the elements were taken from the pre-Mosaic practice of sacrificing the young animal and the agricultural feast of Matzoth) was instituted on the occasion of the Exodus of the Hebrews at the time of their liberation from slavery in the land of Egypt.
This quotation from the book of Exodus identifies two essential and constitutive elements. First: There is the immolation of a lamb whose blood is supposed to preserve the Hebrews from vindication of the Lord towards the Egyptians. Second: It is a community celebration strictly limited to the people of God, at the most extended to those who have become naturalized Hebrews, but forbidden to all strangers. Ex. 12:43-49 “No…
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