The new liturgical texts are due to be introduced in a year’s time. Advance preparation for their introduction will begin shortly. I think it is true to say that most priests, and almost all laity, are fairly unaware as yet of what this will involve. We are posting here the new text for Eucharistic Prayers I and II, to give a sample of what is coming down the line.
It would be good if priests got together to talk about these, and maybe even better if they gathered some lay people from the parish and see what they think.
All the texts are available on the American Catholic Bishops website.
Eucharistic Prayer II
|It is truly right and just, our duty and salvation, always and everywhere to give you thanks, Father most holy, through your beloved Son, Jesus Christ, yourWord through whom you made all things, whom you sent as our Savior and Redeemer, incarnate by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin. Fulfilling your will and gaining for you a holy people, he stretched out his hands as he endured his Passion, so as to break the bonds of death andmanifest the resurrection. And so, with the Angels and all the Saintswe declare your glory, as with one voice we acclaim:|
|Thanksgiving||You are indeed Holy, O Lord, the fount of all holiness.|
|Epiclesis||Make holy, therefore, these gifts, we pray, by sending down your Spirit upon them like the dewfall, so that they may become for us the Body and Blood of our Lord, Jesus Christ.|
|Institution Narrative||At the time he was betrayed and entered willingly into his Passion, he took bread and, giving thanks, broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying:Take this, all of you, and eat of it:for this is my Body which will be given up for you.In a similar way, when supper was ended, he took the chalice and, once more giving thanks, hegave it to his disciples, saying:
Take this, all of you, and drink from it: for this is the chalice of my Blood, the Blood of the new andeternal covenant, which will bepoured out for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins. Do this in memory of me.
|Anamnesis||Therefore, as we celebrate the memorial of his Death and Resurrection, we offer you, Lord, the Bread of life and the Chalice of salvation,giving thanks that you have held us worthy to be in your presence and minister to you.|
|Epiclesis||Humbly we pray that, partaking of the Body and Blood of Christ, we may be gathered into one by the Holy Spirit.|
|Intercessions||Remember, Lord, your Church,spread throughout the world, andbring her to the fullness of charity, together with N. our Popeand N. our Bishop and all the clergy.In Masses for the Dead:
Remember your servant N., whom you have called (today) from this world to yourself. Grant thathe (she) who was united with your Son in a death like his, may also be one with him in his Resurrection.Remember also our brothers and sisters who have fallen asleep in the hope of the resurrection and all who have died in your mercy: welcome them into the light of yourface. Have mercy on us all, we pray, that with the blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God, with the blessed Apostles, and all the Saints who have pleased youthroughout the ages, we may merit to be co-heirs to eternal life, and may praise and glorify youthrough your Son, Jesus Christ.
Eucharistic Prayer III
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