I Never get Anything out of Mass!!. An Overview in Two Parts on “The Greatest Thing this side of Heaven”. Some Introductory Terms. Sacrament In Roman times was a sacred oath taken by soldiers Latin translation of Greek mysterion – you’ll see this again Mass
An Overview in Two Parts on
“The Greatest Thing this side of Heaven”
…Vatican II made me do it.
St. Clement of Rome Didascalia; &
On the day we call the day of the Sun, all who dwell in the city or country gather in the same place…
The memoirs of the apostles and the writings of the prophets are read…
When the reader has finished, he who presides…admonishes & challenges them to imitate these beautiful things.
Then we all rise together and offer prayers for ourselves…and for all other…
Sign of peace w/ a kiss
Then, someone brings bread and a cup of water and wine mixed together to him who presides over the brethren
He takes them and offers praise and glory to the Father of the universe, through the name of the Son and of the Holy Spirit and for a considerable time he gives thanks (in Gk: eucharistian) that we have been judged worthy of these gifts
When he has concluded the prayers and thanksgivings, all present give voice to an acclamation by saying: ‘Amen.’
When he who presides has given thanks and the people have responded, those whom we call deacons give to those present the “eucharisted”
bread, wine and water and take them to those who are absent.”
Greek and Latin Deacons in the Gospel Procession
…this never happens to me.
…when I’m preaching...
St. Gregory of Nyssa
Statue of Hippolytus, Vatican Library
Christ & Apostles at the Last Supper
Catacombs of St. Domitilla, 4th Century
The Our Father
Prayer from the Byzantine Divine Liturgy is worthy of our reflection prior to receiving Our Lord in Holy Communion:
O Lord, I believe and profess that You are truly Christ, the Son of the living God, who came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the first
Accept me as a partaker of Your mystical supper, O Son of God; for I will not reveal Your mystery to Your enemies, nor will I give You a kiss as did Judas, but like the thief I confess to you:
Remember me, O Lord, when You shall come into Your kingdom.
Remember me, O Master, when You shall come into Your kingdom.
Remember me, O Holy One, when You shall come into Your kingdom.
May the partaking of Your holy mysteries, O Lord, be not for my judgment or condemnation, but for the healing of soul and body.
O Lord, I also believe and profess that this, which I am about to receive, is truly Your most precious body, and Your life-giving blood, which, I pray, make me worthy to receive for the remission of all my sins and for life everlasting. Amen
O God, be merciful to me a sinner.
O God, cleanse me of my sins and have mercy on me.
O Lord, forgive me, for I have sinned without number
To the offering of Christ are united not only the members here on earth, but also those already in glory in heaven. In communion with and commemorating the Blessed Virgin Mary and all the saints, the Church offers the Eucharistic Sacrifice. In the Eucharist the Church is as it were at the foot of the cross with Mary, united with the offering and intercession of Christ.(CCC 1370)
Every other food we eat we assimilate into our bodies…extracting the nutrients necessary for us to function in a healthy way. Not so with this ‘heavenly food.’ In this instance [reception of Holy Communion] we do not do the “assimilating” here. It’s Christ Who assimilates us and draws us into His Divine Life. We don’t change Christ– it is He Who changes us!!!
Truly become partakers of the Divine Nature according to 2 Peter 1:4
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Ignatius Press: San Francisco, 2004.
By Graham Harrison. Ignatius Press: San Francisco, 1986.