Hope all’s well.
We continue our journey through Eastertide.
Hard to believe that that’s almost 10 years now we’ve been using the new translation of the Roman Missal.
Over the past decade, we’ve had to get used to a number of changes.
One in particular - if we remember, the familiar ‘Christ has died, Christ has risen, Christ will come again’ was removed and not included in the new translation.
Why? Well, the prayer is immediately after the act of consecration, the bread and the wine becoming the body and blood of Christ, and it was felt that it wasn’t directly focused enough on the real presence of Christ in the Eucharist.
‘Christ has died, Christ has risen.....’ was speaking of Christ and not to Christ.
As we know, in the new translation of the Mass, there are three options of a memorial acclamation prayer straight after the act of consecration. In two of them, we say, ‘O Lord’. In the third, we say, ‘Save us, Saviour.’
Each is directed to Christ, speaks to Christ and acknowledges the mystery of the real presence.
Jesus says in the gospel for today’s Mass, ‘The bread that I shall give is my flesh, for the life of the world’
We understand that the Eucharist is really and truly the body of Christ we receive in Holy Communion.
Not a sign of Christ, or a symbol of Jesus.
Not a representation of Jesus, but really and truly Christ present. A mystery of faith. A wonderful mystery of our faith.
What we believe, what we understand is something that was never questioned until the 11th century, and then the matter of the real presence of Jesus in the Eucharist was thrown into increased confusion in the 16th century.
Sadly, many people today refuse to take Christ’s words literally.
The Church is the final interpreter of sacred scripture, and by her sacred tradition, and guided by the Holy Spirit, she is a safe guide when Christ’s words are to be taken literally.
Jesus meant what he said when he said, ‘The bread I shall give is my flesh, for the life of the world’
He meant what he said when he said, ‘This is my body...this is my blood’
The mystery of faith ~ Save us, Saviour of the world, for by your cross and resurrection you have set us free.
Start of May tomorrow and the feast of St Joseph the worker. I’ll do a wee video on St Joseph.
Remember, if you want to share a photo of your May altar, send it in.
Have a good day