In the two months before the great season of Advent this year, the Church sets before us an extended passage from the Epistle to the Hebrews, which Pope Benedict XVI described as “a new way of understanding the Old Testament as a Book that speaks of Christ.” In a particular way, these readings set out the place of the Eucharistic sacrifice—the preeminent worship of the new covenant—in the context of the sacrifices of the old. In them we read of the role of sacrifice in the new dispensation, and of the fulfillment of the sacrifices of the old covenant, and indeed of all sacrifice, in the sacrifice of the cross, which is re-presented for us in the Eucharistic oblation. As the Council of Trent taught: “in this divine sacrifice which is celebrated in the Mass, that same Christ is contained and immolated in an unbloody manner, who once offered himself in a bloody manner on the altar of the cross” (Sess. xxii. cap. II.).