Liturgy of the Eucharist

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Families and the Eucharist

Dinner reservations are often required when you go out to dinner at a nice restaurant. But when you come to the Eucharist, no reservations are needed. Service is given to every person who comes to the Lord’s Table with love and a desire to receive Jesus.

At a restaurant or at home, preparation is needed so that the table is ready for guests at a meal. At church we do the same kind of preparation. The altar is prepared, bread and wine are brought forward in procession, and the choir or the assembly sings a song.

If you attend a birthday or anniversary celebration, there are gifts. The best gifts come from the heart. At Mass we bring forward precious gifts as well, not only the gifts of bread and wine, but also money, the fruits of our work, and an offering of ourselves. We pray to God that he change these gifts into something new and wonderful.

Once the table is prepared, the priest invites us to pray that our gifts, what we have sacrificed and offered back to God, are acceptable. The Eucharistic prayer is the high point of the Mass. It is a prayer of thanksgiving. In this prayer, we remember that Jesus sacrificed his life so that we might have eternal life with God.

The priest begins the Eucharistic Prayer with the Hosanna. Just as we praise our host at dinner for his hospitality, we praise God by saying, “Holy, Holy, Holy Lord God of hosts!” The next important part of the Eucharistic Prayer is the Consecration. Through the words and ac(ons of the priest and through the power of the Holy Spirit, Jesus’ sacrifice is made present again. The bread and wine become the Body and Precious Blood of Jesus.

We then sing or say the Memorial Acclamation and the Great Amen. This “Amen” is our “yes” to all that has happened and brings the Eucharistic Prayer to an end. We are about to enjoy the Great Feast!

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A white cloth called a corporal (from the Latin word for body, because upon it will rest the Body of Christ) is placed on the altar along with the Roman Missal containing the prayers. The bread and wine in sacred vessels are also brought to the altar table, similar to the preparations you would make at home for a feast. But this is more than a festive meal; it is also a sacrifice. “The Christian altar is by its very nature a table of sacrifice and at the same time a table of the paschal banquet” (Rite of Dedication of a Church and Altar #4).

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Members of the assembly bring forward the gifts of bread and wine to be consecrated during the Eucharistic Prayer. We offer these signs of the work of our hands, that they may be transformed into the Body and Blood of Christ. On the fifth day in the Octave of Christmas, the prayer over the offerings specifically points to the offering we give and the incredible gift we receive in return: “Receive our oblation, O Lord, by which is brought about a glorious exchange, that, by offering what you have given, we may merit to receive your very self” (Roman Missal, 178).

Copyright © 2008, World Library Publications, the music and liturgy division of J.S. Paluch Co., Inc. Used with permission.

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