The Prayer over the Offerings at Mass on the 5th Sunday of the Year, and the default prayer for use on the ferial days of this week following, evokes a fresh sense of awe at what we do at Eucharist.
O Lord, our God,
who once established these created things
to sustain us in our frailty,
grant, we pray,
that they may become for us now
the Sacrament of eternal life.
Through Christ our Lord.
The simple elements of food and drink, a little bread and a little wine, become Christ for us, and open afresh for us the way of eternal life.
The contrast between the very ordinary and the completely extraordinary is compelling.
- What is your frailty?
- How does the Lord in his goodness strengthen you?
- How might you strengthen others?
Photograph of the Blessed Sacrament Chapel, St Gervais, Paris. (c) 2015, Allen Morris.