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After the consecration at Mass, the prayer of the Church universal and especially the congregation assembled in which the immaculate Victim is offered to God the Father in the Holy Spirit. The oblation means that the faithful offer up not only Christ but themselves in union with him. He died on his cross; they are to die to themselves on their cross and thus merit the graces that only sacrifice can merit before God.
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