The sacrifice being referred to is the one sacrifice of Christ on the cross and then His resurection. The Liturgy is not a sacrifice but merely our participation in Christ's sacrifice.
You have no idea what you are talking about. You speak in such absolutes and yet you are so wrong. I have remained silent on so many of your uneducated claims in other posts but cannot on this one. The belief that the Liturgy is a sacrifice is not only upheld by the Synod of Vlachernae in 1157, but is also a required dogma of the Church stated in the Synodikon of Orthodoxy. Read St. Nicholas Cavasilas who does a wonderful job explaining how the Liturgy is a sacrifice. Then come back and give an informed opinion.
Saint Nicholas Cabasilas' Commentary on the Divine Liturgy is my preferred source also. And he says "the Lamb of God was sacrificed once only, for all time." "It is Christ himself, in his capacity as priest, who set apart the Body of the Lord, offered it up, took it to himself and consecrated it to God, and who sacrificed it."
"What does the priest say? 'Let us pray to the Lord for the sanctified offerings'; not that they may be sanctified (I have called them 'sanctified' to prevent you from thinking this) but that they may impart this sanctification to us. ...that they may fulfil in us their function, that they be not rendered powerless to produce this grace, as occasionally happened when our Savior was on earth- there were cities in which his almighty hand could work no miracles, because of their lack of faith."
What is sacrificed? Christ
Who performs the sacrifice? Christ
To whom is the sacrifice given to? Christ (the Trinity)
When did this sacrifice occur? no it did not happen last Sunday but 2,000 years ago
Bread and wine is NOT
being sacrificed by us. We our NOT
the executioners of Christ.
Allow me to introduce to you Alexander Schmemann who writes, "It can be said that in our time the life of the Church has become almost exclusively liturgical, has been reduced to worship and worship alone. "Love for the Church" has become a synonym for love of the church building and its worship." "Without equivocation and with a full awareness of the significance of my words, I define this situation as a profound liturgical crisis. Such an assertion will undoubtedly cause surprise and indignation among many people."
"The Christian religion is not only a doctrine...it is a public action or deed." The liturgy is "the expression of the life of Church, as the action by which she is eternally realized."
The liturgy is not a mystical practice satisfying the psychological and socialogical needs of a cultic society rich in symbolism and ceremony. The liturgy is an experience of love and unity. An experience of communion with God.
The cultic sacrifice ceremony has no place in the liturgy; for Christ has already risen from the dead. What do you possibly have to sacrifice that can compare with the resurrection?