How do I live the Eucharist? Do I live it anonymously or as a moment of true communion with the Lord, and also with all the brothers and sisters who share the same banquet?”
– Pope Francis, Homily – May 30, 2013
Did You Know?
For the third time we hear the words “The Lord be with you”, signifying something important is about to happen. “The greeting is repeated at this point in the liturgy because we are going to start praying now with much greater intensity, and if we are to manage it, we will need divine help” (Driscoll). This dialogue is followed by the Preface Prayer, so called not because it comes before the Eucharistic Prayer but because it is said before all the people. Each Preface Prayer expresses why we give thanks by painting the history of salvation with broad and bold strokes.