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Perpetual Mass Cards
Question from Vic on 5/11/2007:

What would be the best way to explain to non-Catholics what the purpose of perpetual mass cards are and how praying for the dead does not diminish the significance of Jesus dying on the cross for the sins of the world? Thanks.

Answer by Catholic Answers on 5/14/2007:

Vic--

The Mass is the re-presentation in time and space of Christ's sacrifice on Calvary. In other words, it is the practical application of Calvary to individual souls in the present. A perpetual Mass enrollment means that the person so enrolled will be continually remembered in the Masses offered by the priests of the order or church sponsoring the enrollment and so, in effect, will continuously have the graces of Calvary applied to him whenever those Masses are offered.

Michelle Arnold
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