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The Roman Catholic Mass

The doctrine of the Mass is central to the teaching and practice of the Church of Rome. We should understand that the Mass is not simply the Roman Catholic ‘version’ of the Lord’s Supper. Some Protestants have the idea that attendance at a Mass is not really any different to attending a communion service—it’s just done a little differently. Put simply, …the sacrifices of Masses, in the which it was commonly said, that the Priest did offer Christ for the quick and the dead, to have remission of pain or guilt, were blasphemous fables, and dangerous deceits. [Article XXXI of the Church of England—Of the one Oblation of Christ finished upon the Cross] The Mass is an act of blasphemous idolatry and cannot be countenanced as Christian by any who professes to believe the Scriptures.