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  • 1 May 2019
  • Author: Benedict
  • Number of views: 494

Each time we participate in the Mass, we pray for change. 

In the Eucharistic Prayer, we pray that the bread and wine change into the Body and Blood of Christ.  Eucharistic Prayer II, for example, says, ““Make holy, therefore, these gifts we pray, by sending down your Spirit upon them like the dewfall, so that they may become for us the Body and Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ.”

We ask God to send the Holy Spirit upon the bread and wine.  A word that describes this invocation of the Holy Spirit is Epiclesis.  We believe that in the Eucharistic Prayer the bread and wine are changed.

In the Eucharistic Prayer, we also pray for another change.  We pray that we change.  This takes place in the memorial-offering (Anamnesis and Oblation).  We ask the Holy Spirit to come on all those who share in Communion.  We ask the Holy Spirit to bring us into unity.  This is a second Epiclesis.  Eucharistic Prayer II states this in the following way:  “Humbly we pray that, partaking of the Body and Blood of Christ, we may be gathered into one by the Holy Spirit.”

Change the bread and wine!

Change us too!

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