40 Lenten Lessons on the Mass.

Lesson 31: The Eucharistic Prayer (6) – Eucharistic Doxology

No matter which Eucharistic Prayer we use (1,2,3,4 or the various EPs for Reconciliation or for Masses for Children) they all end the same with the “Eucharistic Doxology.” A “doxology” is the English translation of a Greek word which means a short hymn of praise to God.

The priest proclaims: “Through him, with him, in him, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, all glory and honor is yours almighty Father, forever and ever,” as he raises the Eucharistic Lord in the consecrated host and in the precious blood in the sacred chalice for the entire congregation to see and ponder.

Who is the “him” in this hymn of praise? Jesus Christ, of course. So, this short prayer is a trinitarian formula of praise to God the Father through Christ, with Christ, and in Christ, in union with the Holy Spirit.

The Mass is clearly a prayer of praise to the Father, by the Son, through the Holy Spirit.

There’s a lot going on at each Mass, isn’t there?

(foto credit of the window from St. James in Glenbeigh to Andreas F. Borchert)

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