Publisher: dwinger Volume No. 4 Issue No 6 Date Feb. 9, 05
“To the offering of Christ are united not only the members still here on earth, but also those already in the glory of heaven. In the communion with and commemorating the Blessed Virgin Mary and all the saints, the Church offers the Eucharistic sacrifice. In the Eucharist the Church is as it were at the foot of the cross with Mary, united with the offering and intercession of Christ.” CCC 1370
As I attend the Mass, I cannot help but realize the presence of the all the Church in heaven and on earth. As the Liturgy begins with the procession and introductory songs, I cannot help but think of the angels and saints in heaven singing along. This is especially true during the Gloria as I remember the story of the angels announcing the birth of Jesus to the shepherd in the field. To listen to the Liturgy of the Word, which has been proclaimed for thousands of years and is still living and working and cutting into our hearts in this day and age. The Word of God is truly eternal.
The prayers of intersession bring us closer to those in the larger world around us.
As we present the gifts before the alter, we are truly presenting ourselves to Jesus. The Liturgy of the Eucharist truly seems to me to be an eternal moment, as the sacrifice of Jesus Christ transcends space and time. As we sing Holy, Holy, Holy with Mary the Mother of God, the Apostles, and all the saints in heaven, I can only try to imagine and fathom the heavenly worship that is taking place all around me.
It is truly awesome that Jesus came down and became a man (Philippians 2: 6-7), but the awesomeness continues as he also comes to us in the appearance of bread and wine. By my baptism I was brought “into Christ” and His Body.(CCC 871) By the Eucharist, Christ is brought “into me” so that I might become more like Christ.
Our Holy Father, Pope John Paul II states his own experience of Eucharistic celebrations, “… the Eucharist has given me a powerful experience of the universal and, so to speak, cosmic character. Yes, cosmic! Because even when it is celebrated on the humble alter of a country church, the Eucharist is always in some way celebrated on the alter of the world. It unites heaven and earth.” (Ecclesia De Eucharistia)
As one who celebrates the Eucharist in a country church, I can truly say “Amen” to the Holy Father’s experience.