Guided by the words of our patron saint St. Francis of Assisi, we are a welcoming community formed around the Eucharist and open to the workings of the Holy Spirit. We are called to be a people of prayer, serving our faith through the principle of Christian stewardship.
Meaningful Mass Monday | Step 19: The Words of Institution and Consecration(Explaining Mass, one step at a time.)After invoking the Holy Spirit in the Epiclesis, we continue with the fourth part of the Eucharistic Prayer - the words of Institution and Consecration.“For on the night he was betrayed he himself took bread, and, giving you thanks, he said the blessing,broke the bread and gave it to his disciples, saying:Take this, all of you, and eat of it,for this is my Body,which will be given up for you.In a similar way, when supper was ended, he took the chalice, and, giving you thanks, he said the blessing, and gave the chalice to his disciples, saying:Take this, all of you, and drink from it,for this is the chalice of my Blood,the Blood of the new and eternal covenant,which will be poured out for you and for manyfor the forgiveness of sins.Do this in memory of me.”The Institution Narrative is the description of what the Lord did when he instituted the Eucharist at the Last Supper. This is followed by the words of Consecration. The bread and wine are now transubstantiated (i.e. changed in substance but not form) into the Body and Blood of Christ. It is now Christ Himself who is present, under the appearances of bread and wine.The Gospels that recount the Institution Narrative tell us that the Last Supper took place in the context of the Passover meal – the annual feast that celebrated the foundational night in Israel’s history when God liberated them from Egypt (Matthew 26:19, Mark 14:16, Luke 22:13). The Israelites celebrate the annual Passover as a liturgical memorial. In a liturgical memorial, the past was not merely recalled; it was relived.Hence, when Jesus commands the apostles, “Do this in memory of me,” he is not telling them to perform a simple ritual meal that will help people remember him. He is instructing them to celebrate the Last Supper as a liturgical memorial. All that was involved in the Last Supper – most particularly, the sacrificial offering of Christ’s body and blood – would be made present to worshipers in the celebration of the Eucharist.---------Interested in learning more about our Catholic faith? Join us Tuesday nights for the Book Study Group (via Zoom) or Sundays for Adult Faith Formation (in person or at home). Contact email@example.com for more information.---------Summary derived from "A Biblical Walk Through the Mass: Understanding What We Say and Do In The Liturgy" by Edward Sri (available at Desales Catholic Bookstore in Springfield) ... See MoreSee Less
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Wednesday, January 20th, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.All are welcome and encouraged to experience the true presence of Christ in this special way. Bring a prayer book or rosary for your use during adoration. Or you are invited to sit quietly and take in the grace and peace that comes from being with Christ. ... See MoreSee Less
St. Francis of Assisi will provide everyone an opportunity to participate in the March for Life this year by hosting a local event in Nixa on Sunday, January 24.
Join us by walking in the March, supporting us along the routes or praying a rosary dedicated to protecting the sanctity of Life.
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