Today is the first post in the series, “Weekly Euchology.” These are three prayers which you will hear at Mass for the Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time (in the Ordinary Form).
Almighty ever-living God,
increase our faith, hope and charity,
and make us love what you command,
so that we may merit what you promise.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.
The theological virtues are infused into the believer from God. These virtues are first given to the Christian at Baptism and remain as long as the person remains in the Divine Friendship (aka: state of grace). Only the person in the Divine Friendship has the capacity to please God and therefore merit an Eternal Reward from the Father.
Prayer over the Offerings:
Look, we pray, O Lord,
on the offerings we make to your majesty, that whatever is done by us in your service may be directed above all to your glory. Through Christ our Lord.
This prayer is (especially) significant to those who fulfill roles in the Church’s liturgy: clergy, lectors, servers, extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion, etc. Correction: This prayer is significant to all who assist at Mass by their full, active, and conscious participation. Our part is to offer worship to God, not draw attention to ourselves. For example, Sacred Music at Mass should, firstly, be directed toward God’s glory–not the tastes of the congregation! The same true for priests and deacons who preach: homilies should first please God–not just tickle the ears of the congregation.
Prayer after Communion:
May your Sacraments, O Lord, we pray, perfect in us what lies within them,
that what we now celebrate in signs
we may one day possess in truth. Through Christ our Lord.
The Sacraments belong to God so they cannot be manipulated or changed according to our whims. However, Our Lord instituted the Seven Sacraments for us as a remedy for sin so that we might live forever in the Father’s House. When we receive the Sacraments worthily, we are made ready for Heaven. In Heaven, our worship of God will be direct; we will not make use of the sacramental signs which we need now.