On Sunday, the 33rd Sunday of the Year, there was an additional poignancy to the Prayer after Communion. Many may have come to Mass in Europe, especially, crippled by fear, hate, prejudice, grief.
We were offered, invited to, all sorts of healthy alternatives during Mass. But Mass is no quick fix. The nourishment that is served us by the Living Lord in his Church, needs to be taken and absorbed, responded to, doubted, cooperated with, given thanks for and lived.
And so on Sunday, at the last, before we were sent out, we prayed for charity, for love.
Prayer after Communion
We have partaken of the gifts of this sacred mystery,
humbly imploring, O Lord,
that what your Son commanded us to do
in memory of him
may bring us growth in charity.
Through Christ our Lord.
And we pray today again for that gift to live in us, and us to bear the fruit of the gift for others.
The entombment of Christ. Cité de l’Architecture et du Patrimoine, Paris. (c) 2015, Allen Morris