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From Mons. Fenton, The Theology of Prayer, p 159.

A. Like Christ, her divine Head, the Catholic Church has a very definite function and purpose. Like Him also she is cognizant of that purpose and intends to fulfill it. The purpose of the Church is something which she, like Christ, expresses and manifests in her prayer, and in a prayer which is meant to be epitomized and signified in an act of sacrifice.

The intention of the Catholic Church is nothing more or less than the intention of Christ, her divine Founder and Head. What He wished to do upon this earth is the exact purpose which she wishes and intends to accomplish. She is sent into the world with the same mission as that which was given to Christ Himself. She is cognizant of that mission and that purpose. She knows well that hers is a mission which can only be accomplished with the aid of God’s grace, an aid which will not be given except in answer to prayer. Therefore there is such a thing as an official Christian prayer, the prayer of the Catholic Church as an organization. It is a petition addressed to God that He may accomplish the good for which the Catholic Church is placed in the world.

It is the prayer of a definite group, those whom God the Father has given to Christ, and has joined to Him in the unity of His mystical body. It is the prayer of those who are joined to Christ through the regenerating waters of baptism and who remain in disciplined association with Him and the other members of His Church, believing what He teaches in the Church, and subject to the authority of that Church. This group, the successors of the Apostles, and those who have believed through the words of the Apostles, has its own definite prayer. It manifests its desire, or its intention to God in a certain definite formula, which has remained substantially unchanged through the ages. It is called the prayer of the Mass. In all of the rites, and in all of the languages in which the Mass has been celebrated since the beginning of Christian history, the desire and the intention of which that prayer is the manifestation has remained the same. We know that it will ever remain unchanged.

And, p164.

A sacrifice is efficacious and acceptable to God in the measure in which it is sincere. It is sincere insofar as it is really expressive of the prayer and the devotion, and as a result, the charity of those who offer it. The sacrifice of the Mass is the sacrifice of the mystical body, and the sacrifice of Christ. As a result, it is always efficacious and acceptable insofar as it expresses the actual prayer and devotion of Christ. For now, in heaven, our Lord prays for us with a true prayer of petition. It is acceptable and efficacious as the act of the Church as a whole, because the Church is, and always will be the mystical body of Christ, the organism of which the Holy Ghost is the Soul, and the organization which prays as directed and moved by the Holy Ghost.

In Christ our King.

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