The following is a prayer that many priests say before each Mass. “O Priest of God, say this Mass as though it were your first Mass, your last Mass, your only Mass.” The prayer is meant to remind us of the importance of each Mass, by drawing upon the emotions of the first Mass, and the thought of our last Mass. Today ten young people from our parish will be receiving the Eucharist for the first time. The challenge issued by this prayer is that each of us, always celebrate what we are receiving, the very Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ. It is not a symbol of His body, but IS His Very Body given for us, to strengthen us and unite us more fully with the Holy Trinity. So whether it is our first Holy Communion, as it is for our ten young people today, or it is your one thousandth time, we need to celebrate and receive the Eucharist with such wonder and awe-that we could be loved so much that God gives us not only His love, but His Incarnate self.
Congratulations to our young people and their families on this special day.