Horse puckett!!!!<quoted text>
By "ritual formality" do you mean the Mass that Jesus gave us? Take it up with Him. As members of His Church, we are not authorised to undo what was taught. Instead of leaving the Catholic Church, and starting your own, or joining some other man made group, you should have stuck around and asked why they teach what they teach. You know....found out about these ritual formalities. What are they; where did they originate; why does the Church do this; why does the CC have 7 more Books than Protestantland?. Maybe if you knew the answer to the last one, you would never have left for a sect that removed parts of the Bible without authorization from God...
Paganism and Catholicism: Mass
Author: Professor Walter J. Veith, PhD
Publish date: Sep 2, 2009
Summary: Mass, one of the key traditions in Roman Catholicism, has components of sun worship rather than Christ-worship.
In the Roman Catholic mass, the Eucharist or host, the round disc in the crescent moon, was a symbol of ancient Babylon, and is found in all the ancient religions. In Catholic cathedrals, these symbols are very prominent, often depicting a round form of mother and child within the crescent moon.
The rebirth of the sun god was celebrated by the eating of round bread in Babylonian times, and was common in Mithraism and Osiris worship. Historian Alexander Hislop says this:
And here, in a so-called Christian Church, a brilliant plate of silver,in the form of the SUN, is so placed on the altar, that everyone who adores at the altar must bow in lowly reverence before that image of the SUN. Whence, I ask, could that have come, than from the ancient SUN-worship, or the worship of Baal? And when the wafer is placed so that the silver SUN is fronting the round wafer, whose "roundness" is so important an element in the Romish Mystery, is only another symbol of Baal, or the sun, what can be the meaning of it, but to show to those who have eyes to see that the Wafer itself is only another symbol of Baal.i
Pope John Paul wrote in 1998 that mass also includes an element of Mary veneration, which, as we have seen, is also a pagan practice:
Significantly, the Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches that "the Sunday celebration of the Lord's Day and his Eucharist is at the heart of the Church's life" As they listen to the word proclaimed in the Sunday assembly, the faithful look to the Virgin Mary, learning from her to keep it and ponder it in their hearts (cf. Lk 2:19).
With Mary, they learn to stand at the foot of the Cross, offering to the Father the sacrifice of Christ and joining to it the offering of their own lives. With Mary, they experience the joy of the Resurrection, making their own the words of the Magnificat which extol the inexhaustible gift of divine mercy in the inexorable flow of time: "His mercy is from age to age upon those who fear him" (Lk 1:50).
From Sunday to Sunday, the pilgrim people follow in the footsteps of Mary, and her maternal intercession gives special power and fervour to the prayer which rises from the Church to the Most Holy Trinity.