Domine, Non Sum Dignus
I was telling them about a Catholic friend, a convert, who told me that her RCIA hadn't led her to understand certain truths about the Eucharist and Precious Blood. She noted that another friend told her that in the Latin Mass the congregation does not drink the Precious Blood. Perhaps she thought they were only receiving the Body of Christ and not His Precious Blood...and she wondered why was it different in this form of the Mass?
(Baltimore Catechsim question 351. Is Jesus Christ whole and entire both under the appearances of bread and under the appearances of wine?
Jesus Christ is whole and entire both under the appearances of bread and under the appearances of wine.)
Which lead me to relate this story to our son....I wish every Christian would consider this...
"In like manner, after he had supped,"
He takes the chalice with both hands.
"taking also this excellent chalice into his holy and adorable hands; also giving thanks to thee,"
Holding the chalice with his left hand, he makes the sign of the cross over it with his right.
"he blessed , and gave it to his disciples, saying: Take, and drink ye all of this;"
He utters the words of consecration over the chalice silently, attentively, carefully, and without pausing, holding it slightly raised.
"For this is the Chalice of my Blood, of the new and eternal testament; the mystery of faith: which shall be shed for you and for many unto the remission of sins."
As soon as the words of consecration have been said, he puts the chalice on the corporal, and says silently:
"As often as ye shall do these things, ye shall do them in memory of me."
He kneels and adores; then rises, shows it to the people, puts it down, covers it, and again adores. Then holding his hands apart, he says:
"Wherefore, O Lord, we thy servants, as also thy holy people, calling to mind the blessed passion of the same Christ thy Son our Lord, and also his rising up from hell, and his glorious ascension into heaven, do offer unto thy most excellent majesty, of thine own gifts bestowed upon us,"
He joins his hands and makes the sign of the cross three times over the host and chalice together.
"a pure victim, a holy victim, a spotless victim,"
He makes the sign of the cross once over the host and once over the chalice.
"the holy Bread of eternal life, and the Chalice of everlasting salvation."
He continues with his hands stretched out:
"Upon which do thou vouchsafe to look with a propitious and serene countenance, and to accept them, as thou wert graciously pleased to accept the gifts of thy just servant Abel, and the sacrifice of our patriarch Abraham, and that which thy high priest Melchisedech offered to thee, a holy sacrifice, a spotless victim."
Bowing low with his hands joined together and then laid on the altar, he says:
"We most humbly beseech thee, almighty God, to command that these things be borne by the hands of thy holy angel to thine altar On high, in the sight of thy divine majesty, that as many of us (he kisses the altar) as, at this altar, shall partake of and receive the"
He joins his hands together and makes the sign of the cross over the host and once over the chalice.
"most holy Body and Blood of thy Son (he makes the sign of the cross on himself), may be filled with every heavenly blessing and grace (he joins his hands together). Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen."