"Bread and wine are now on the altar, set apart from profane use and dedicated to the service of the Sacrifice; soon their substance will disappear, and under their appearance Christ's Body and Blood will be offered. In union with this divine Sacrifice, we should offer ourselves with all that we are and have. Where Christ, the Head, offers Himself, there the members of His mystical Body must also be offered together with Him. Thus the Church prays, that God would sanctify not only the elements of bread and wine just offered, but that He would also, by the Eucharistic Sacrifice, make us wholly worthy to be presented to Him as an eternal sacrificial gift." (Nicholas Gihr, The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass Dogmatically, Liturgically, and Ascetically Explained, 527.)

Assignment:

  • At the holy Sacrifice of the Mass, we have the opportunity to unite our imperfect sacrifices and prayers with the perfect sacrifice and prayer of Christ. Let us seek to unite our efforts each day to Christ in the Mass by praying each day:
With humble spirit and contrite heart may we be accepted by you, O Lord, and may our sacrifice in your sight this day be pleasing to you, Lord God.
— -Offertory
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"In order perfectly to appreciate the full sense of these words, and to recite them in the proper spirit, we should remember by whom and in what place they were spoken for the first time. They are taken from a longer, humble, penitential prayer, recited by the three young men in the Babylonian furnace. [Daniel 3]

"Praising God, they walked about in the flames which did them not the least harm. And because they were prevented from offering exterior legal sacrifices, they offer themselves as a propitiatory sacrifice for their sins and for those of their people, in order to obtain mercy. In a contrite heart and humble spirit let us be accepted; so let our sacrifice be made in Thy sight this day, that it may please Thee. In similar words, the celebrant here prays that the Lord would graciously receive him and the faithful people, for the sake of their humble, penitential sentiments, as a spiritual sacrifice." (Gihr, 528)

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