New Mass Prayers

We spent the last couple of weeks travelling, enjoying Mass at various parishes along the way.  Last Sunday we were in Southern California, and attended a wonderful Mass with a Spirit-filled community.  The parish was saying goodby to a recently transferred associate pastor, and the celebration was filled with emotion.  Caught up in the prayers themselves, I forgot to focus on the new words of the liturgy. Over and over again I stumbled over the responses, the “old” words flowing from the heart, forgetting the “new” phrasing.  It is time for me, anyway, to make a renewed effort to learn the new phrases so that they, too, can flow from my heart without my brain having to get in the way for the sake of correctness.  Practice is called for, more attentiveness to the form right now, in order to lead to prayer of the heart and soul in the future.

There is one part of the new Eucharistic Prayer II that I really love.  It is so beautiful, and I find myself thinking of it every morning: “Make Holy, therefore, these gifts, we pray, by sending down Your Spirit upon them like the dewfall . . . “

Like the dewfall.  Southern California is a desert, and the dew is life-giving, drenching, saturating and soaking.  It sparkles in the rising of the sun, nourishing everything it touches.  I love this new wording, an image of love and generosity, of God’s pouring Himself down upon us as well as on the gifts of bread and wine we offer up during the Mass.


About reinkat

I am an iconographer, and have been studying Russian/Greek icons since 1995. I'm married with 3 children. I love hiking, camping, animals, my family and church--and icons.
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7 Responses to New Mass Prayers

  1. Second-in-command says:

    As Mathew Kelly says often…” There is genius in Catholicism”.

  2. SR says:

    Wonderful wording on this Reinkat. You really did well explaining it all. Great job of meditation going on here. (I just noticed you changed your header to my “favorite” vacation picture. Great choice:>) God Bless, SR

  3. Biltrix says:

    Great post!

    The dewfall is one of those things we don’t observe. It’s not like rain that we see falling from the sky, but we don’t see the dew materializing on the grass; we take notice of once it is there.

    Same with the Eucharist. We do not observe the point when transubstantiation takes place; we just know that after the words of consecration are said that it has taken place, like the dewfall.

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