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Eucharistic prayers include intercessions

Eucharistic prayers include intercessions Following the Church’s Offering or Oblation, various intercessions are offered.  When these intercessions no longer concluded the Liturgy of the Word, they were transferred to the Eucharistic Prayer bringing them into closer proximity to the Consecration of the Body and Blood of Christ.&...
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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

A closer look at the Oblation in Eucharistic Prayers

A closer look at the Oblation in Eucharistic Prayers Combined with the Memorial of the Lord’s Death and Resurrection is the Offering of the Sacrifice, which is also called the Oblation.  The Church gathered in prayer, having fulfilled the Lord’s command to remember him, now offers the sacrifice of Christ.  The author to the Lett...
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Thursday, November 30, 2017

Eucharistic Prayers recall God's work through Jesus

Eucharistic Prayers recall God's work through Jesus In his letter to the Corinthians, St. Paul mentions that when the people celebrate the Lord’s Supper, “Whenever you eat this bread, then, and drink this cup, you are proclaiming the Lord’s death until he comes” (1 Corinthians 11:26).  The Eucharistic Prayer of the Galli...
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Thursday, November 16, 2017

Examining the Eucharistic Prayer's memorial and offering

Examining the Eucharistic Prayer's memorial and offering Following the Consecration, the priest continues with the prayer consisting of two parts – the memorial and the offering.  The memorial recalls the eternal salvation Jesus accomplished for us in his death and resurrection.  This memorial prayer is not “recalling” a memor...
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Thursday, November 02, 2017

What Jesus did, and what we do

What Jesus did, and what we do The Institution Narrative and Consecration recall what Jesus did at the Last Supper – and what the worshipping assembly is doing here and now in his memory.  The words of Institution used in the Eucharistic Prayer are worded differently from the words found in the New Testament.  Th...
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Thursday, October 19, 2017

Calling down the Holy Spirit in the Eucharistic Prayers

Calling down the Holy Spirit in the Eucharistic Prayers The Epiclesis – or calling down of the Holy Spirit upon the gifts of bread and wine – was considered to be in the early Church the consecratory moment of the Eucharistic Prayer. The Eucharistic Prayers today follow the custom of the Church in Alexandria, Egypt, which had a “split&...
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Thursday, October 05, 2017

We praise God with the angels and saints by singing the Sanctus

We praise God with the angels and saints by singing the Sanctus The singing of the Sanctus (“Holy, Holy, Holy”) manifests that the earthly church gathered now in worship join in praising God with the angels and saints in the heavenly Jerusalem as portrayed in the Book of Revelation.  We praise God with our words and with the goodness of our liv...
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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Focusing on the Eucharistic Prayer

Focusing on the Eucharistic Prayer Over the next few months, we will explore the various components in the Eucharistic Prayer.  We may now use 10 Eucharistic Prayers in our worship, along with three for Masses with children or when a large number of children are present.  Ten Eucharistic Prayers is a monumental change in o...
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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

History of our Eucharistic Prayers

History of our Eucharistic Prayers Eucharistic Prayer I (formerly known as the Roman Canon) was the only Eucharistic Prayer used in the Roman Liturgy since Pope Gelasius I (496).  Pope Gelasius I made the last changes to this prayer until Pope John XXIII during Vatican Council II.    Eucharistic Prayer II is a re...
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Thursday, August 17, 2017

Eucharistic prayers date to 150 A.D.

Eucharistic prayers date to 150 A.D. St. Justin the Martyr (150 A.D.) provides us with the first mention of the Prayer of Thanksgiving at Sunday Eucharist:  “After finishing the prayers (intercessions), we greet each other with a kiss.  Then bread and a cup of water and wine mixed are brought to the one presiding over...
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Thursday, July 20, 2017