THE PREFACE :The Lord Be With You :This is used in the introductory rites at the start of the Mass just before the reading of the Gospel. Both the priest and the people need the Lord to be with them as they prepare to enter into the mystery of the holy sacrifice of the Mass.
Lifting Our Hearts
When the priest says “Lift up your hearts, “he is summoning us to give our fullest attention to what is about to unfold. This is a “wake-up call” to set aside all other concerns and focus our minds, wills and emotions – our hearts – on the sublimity of what is happening in the Eucharistic prayer. St Paul’s words in the Colossians, “If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. “(Col 3:1-2)
The Great Thanks Giving :In the last liturgical exchange, the priest says “Let us give thanks to the Lord Our God….” As we have already seen in the Gloria (we give you thanks….) and in the response to the scripture readings. (Thanks be to God) .St Paul teaches that the Christian life should be marked by prayers of thanksgiving. We should be “abounding in thanksgiving” (Col 2:7), giving thanks to God in all we do and “in all circumstances” especially in worship. Like the ancient Israelites, who thanked the Lord for delivering them from their enemies, so we now should thank God for sending his Son to save us from sin and the Evil one. The redemptive act of Christ’s death and resurrection is about to be made present to us in the liturgy and we humbly express our gratitude. In answer to the priest’s invitation to thank the Lord, we say “It is right and just “.