Sunday’s Communion antiphon spoke of the precious Bread given us by the Lord.
You have given us, O Lord, bread from heaven, endowed with all delights and sweetness in every taste.
Wis 16: 20
In our bread shops there are so many varieties – made from wheat flour, or spelt, or rye. Enriched with grains and flavourings of all sorts. Fashioned in this shape and that. Lovely to see and often lovely to taste.
But it does not compare to the wonder of the Bread that is Eucharist. Plain bread, bread of the poor, that would not command a good price on the High St. But bread that, ennobled by God’s grace, become the presence of Christ for us, how extraordinary and precious it is.
One traditional prayer of thanksgiving said after receiving the Bread of Life is the following, the Anima Christi:
Soul of Christ, sanctify me.
Body of Christ, heal me.
Blood of Christ, drench me.
Water from the side of Christ, wash me.
Passion of Christ, strengthen me.
Good Jesus, hear me.
In Your wounds shelter me.
From turning away keep me.
From the evil one protect me.
At the hour of my death call me.
Into Your presence lead me,
to praise You with all Your saints
for ever and ever. Amen.
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