One of the parts of the Mass that I love is after the bread and wine become the body and blood of Christ. It is where the priest says, “To us, also, your servants, who, though sinners, hope in your abundant mercies…” What strikes me is not just the words the priest speaks, but also the actions he takes in our worship. Continue reading
When the priest receives communion he says the short prayer, “May the Body of Christ keep me safe for eternal life” and “May the Blood of Christ keep me safe for eternal life”. He is praying that receiving communion will do what God intended it to do; to bring him to eternal life. The Bible says, “Jesus replied to them: In all truth I tell you, if you do not eat the flesh of the Son of man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. Anyone who does eat my flesh and drink my blood has eternal life, and I shall raise that person up on the last day” (Jn 6: 53-54). Obviously we all die in physically at some point in time. But our souls still live on until we are reunited to our bodies in the resurrection. Though we die, we will still have life: “Just as all die in Adam, so in Christ all will be brought to life” (1 Corinthians 15:22). Continue reading
After the sign of peace, the priest “mingles” the body and the blood of Christ together. He breaks off a small piece of the host he has consecrated during the mass, makes the sign of the cross with it over the precious blood in the chalice and says quietly, “May this mingling of the Body and Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ bring eternal life to us who receive it.” It is a very busy time during the liturgy. This is being said by the priest while the people are saying the Lamb of God. We will look at that prayer next week.
The mingling of the body and blood should bring us back to the Resurrection. Continue reading