Saturday, November 19, 2011

Mass Changes: Part VII

The Lamb of God
Priest: Behold the Lamb of God, behold him who takes away the sin of the world. Blessed are those called to the supper of the Lamb.
All: Lord, I am not worthy that you should enter under my roof, but only say the word and my soul shall be healed.

-“Behold the Lamb of God” – closer translation to the Latin and a scriptural reference to John 1:29.

-the word ‘blessed’ replaces ‘happy’ because being blessed can happen even when we’re not necessarily happy. There is also reference to Rev 19:9.

-“That you should enter under my roof” is almost a direct translation of Mt 8:8 and Luke 7:6. This is Jesus healing the centurion’s servant. The prayer is twofold here: (1) The roof, our mouth, is the top or capstone to our bodies, which is the temple of the Holy Spirit and to our soul; (2) it’s also an acknowledge of our sinfulness and unworthiness to receive this great gift, but also the reality that we are healed by our reception of the Eucharist.  The Eucharist is a pure gift- we need only receive with pure hearts, consciences and intentions.

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