The words of the consecration repeat the words that Jesus used at the Last Supper when he said his body was to be given up for us and his blood shed for us. The Eucharist is a memorial of the sacrifice of Jesus when he was crucified on the Cross and the memory of it becomes present to all believers in a special way.
There are several Eucharistic prayers that may be used at Mass on Sunday. In Eucharistic prayer II after everyone has joined in with proclaiming the Mystery of Faith, the priest continues the prayer, offering to God the Father the consecrated bread and wine which is Jesus Christ’s own offering. It is a prayer which remembers Jesus. This is part of what the priest says,
“Therefore, as we celebrate the memorial of his Death and Resurrection, we offer you, Lord, the Bread of life and the Chalice of salvation, giving thanks that you have held us worthy to be in your presence and minister to you. Humbly we pray that, partaking of the Body and Blood of Christ, we may be gathered into one by the Holy Spirit.”
1 What is being remembered in this prayer?
2 Why is thanks being offered?
3 Why do you think that the host/bread is called the bread of life?
4 What do you think it means to be gathered into one by the Holy Spirit?
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