THE MYSTERY OF FAITH
We have arrived at the supreme moment of the Mass. The priest has spoken the words of consecration over the bread and wine, and they have now become the body and blood of Christ. In reverence, the priest genuflects in silent adoration before Christ’s Blood in the chalice and then rises and solemnly says “The Mystery of Faith. These words express the priest’s profound wonder and awe over the mystery that is taking place. Jesus Christ, the Son of God, whose body and blood were offered for our sins on Calvary, is now really present on the altar under the appearances of bread and wine. Using the expression of St Paul (1Tm 3:9), the priest exclaims that this truly is “the mystery of faith” Joining the priest’s wonder over this mystery, the people proclaim the story of salvation summed up in Jesus Corinthians: For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes again. (1 Cor 11:26)
We proclaim your death, O Lord,
and profess your Resurrection
Until you come again.
When we eat this bread and drink this cup
We proclaim your Death, O Lord
Until you come again
A third option proclaims the saving power of Christ’s death and resurrection while drawing on the words of the Samaritans who, after encountering Jesus, came to believe in him, saying, “We know that this is indeed the Saviour of the world” (Jn4:42).
Save us, Saviour of the world
For by your Cross and Resurrection
You have set us free