Eucharist (Holy Mass) Part 18

THE EPICLESIS: In a prayer known as the epiclesis (meaning “invocation upon “), the priest prays that the Father send the Holy Spirit so that the gifts of bread and wine be changed into the body and blood of Our Lord. The priest at Mass petition that the Messiah-King be made present once again, this time under the appearance of bread and wine:

A)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. (Eucharistic prayer II)

B)By the same Spirit graciously make holy these gifts we have brought to you for consecration, that they may become the body and blood of your Son our Lord Jesus Christ (Eucharistic prayer III) There is a second epiclesis where the priest calls on the Holy Spirit, praying that the Eucharist may draw all those who receive into a greater communion:

C)Grant that we, who are nourished by the Body and Blood of your son and filled with his Holy Spirit, may become one body, one spirit in Christ. (Eucharistic prayer III) Similarly, in other Eucharistic Prayers, the priest petitions that after receiving the one Body of Christ in the Eucharist, we may be gathered into one (Eucharistic prayer III) or gathered into one body (Eucharistic prayer IV).

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