Eucharist (Holy Mass) Part 14

Mixing Water and Wine, Washing Hands and Prayer Over the Offerings: “By the mystery of this water and wine may we come to share in our humanity?” In a traditional interpretation of this practice, the wine symbolizes Christ’s divinity and water symbolizes our humanity. The mingling of the water and wine points to the Incarnation: the mystery of God becoming man. It also points to our call to share in Christ’s divine life, to become “partakers of the divine nature.”

The priest prays, “With humble spirit and contrite heart may we be accepted by you, O’ Lord and may our sacrifice in your sight this day be pleasing to you. “ The mention of a humble spirit and contrite heart recalls the petition of the three Hebrew men thrown in the fiery furnace in Daniel 3. Being persecuted, they cried out to God with a “humble spirit” and “contrite heart” asking that they themselves would be accepted by the Lord just as a burnt offering in the temple would. The Lord heard their cries and rescued them. The priest cries out on our behalf with a “humble spirit” and “contrite heart” asking that we be accepted as a pleasing sacrifice. (DN3:15-16)

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