The new translation of the Mass has restored to us beautiful language and imagery lost during the initial move to the vernacular in the 1960s. At Mass this morning I had one of those moments of hearing something familiar with fresh ears that made me realize all over again just how beautiful the language of the Mass is. It happened during the epiclesis (when the priest invokes the Holy Spirit to transform the gifts into the Body and Blood of Christ) which today came from Eucharistic Prayer #2.
That prayer used to be worded like this:
“Let your Spirit come upon these gifts to make them holy, so that they may become for us the body and blood of our Lord, Jesus Christ.”
Now it is prayed thusly:
“You are indeed holy, O Lord, the fount of all holiness. 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.”
‘Like the dewfall’ is a perfect and evocative analogy. Dewfall is subtle: it happens without our seeing it. It is gentle, laying like a whisper where it falls. And yet it is powerful and pervasive, saturating whatever it touches.
It speaks of God’s love and generosity, doesn’t it? I believe He is eager to bestow His blessings upon us in just that way to sustain the new life we have been given in Him. He gives us that gift of life, and then provides the means to nourish that gift.
You are indeed holy, O Lord.
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