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Definition:   A Catholic greeting card that is sent to inform someone that a Mass will be offered on their behalf (or for a loved one, living or deceased). Spiritual benefits of the Mass are received by the one remembered. One of these benefits is the receipt of an indulgence, which reduces the time that will be spent suffering in purgatory. Mass enrollment cards are also available so that multiple masses may be purchased. Annual and perpetual subscriptions are available. There is no limit to the number of people that can be so graced by a single mass. There is a donation requested for the practice over and above the cost of the greeting card.

Discussion: Mass cards amount to simony, the condemned practice of buying and selling of spiritual benefits (Acts 8:20). Catholics, believing that their salvation is an unfinished process that requires the mediation of their Church, are in spiritual bondage. If any turn to Christ alone for salvation, they are set free from Rome (Jn. 8:36).

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