The Communion Rite – Part 1

May 8th, 2011  |  Published in New Roman Missal

The Communion Rite begins with the Lord’s Prayer and continues through the Prayer after Communion. The rituals surrounding the sharing of Holy Communion are not changing, but some of the words will be different. After the priest gives a brief invitation, everyone prays the Lord’s Prayer together. This prayer itself has not changed. The Lord’s Prayer has achieved a level of holiness that cannot be replaced so no change has been made.

Some changes have been made to the priest’s parts, however. Instead of asking protection “from all anxiety” as he does now, he will pray that we be “safe from all distress”. The prayer concerns the circumstances that cause distress, not the interior feeling of anxiety.

Instead of saying, “we wait in joyful hope for the coming of our Savior, Jesus Christ,” the priest will say, “we await the blessed hope and the coming of our Savior, Jesus Christ.” His words echo the letter of Saint Paul to Titus 2:13, which affirms that Christ has come and that we wait the blessed hope of his return. Christ is our hope.