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When We Eat This Bread

posted Mar 1, 2012, 2:37 PM by Unknown user   [ updated Aug 25, 2015, 5:40 PM ]
When we eat this Bread and drink this Cup,we proclaim your Death, O Lord,until you come again.

As you know, the Mystery of Faith, previously known as the memorial acclamation, is a part of the Eucharistic Prayer that the priest and the liturgical assembly pray together.  Liturgy is a dialogue, and so a proclamation is usually followed by an acclamation. The three that follow the priest’s proclamation “Mystery of Faith” are our response to God’s coming to dwell among us, particularly in the transformation of bread and wine into Christ’s Body and Blood.  Like the other two acclamations, this one is also rooted in Scripture:
For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup,you proclaim the death of the Lord until he comes.
                                                                                                                                                  1 Cor 11:26

St. Thomas Aquinas says in his Commentary On the First Epistle to the Corinthians ‘This gives us to understand that this rite of the Church will not cease until the end of the world: “I am with you always to the end of the world” (Matt 27:20); “This generation,” namely, of the church, “will not pass away, till all has taken place” (Lk 21:32).’

Bless John Paul II reflected on this in his encyclical, Ecclesia de Eucharistia, writing that the very thought of the mysterious gift of the Holy Eucharist should fill us with “profound amazement and gratitude”.  Do you sing it that way?