Melchizedek brought bread and wine.
R. You are a priest for ever, in the line of Melchizedek.
1 Corinthians 11:23–26
Every time you eat this bread and drink this cup, you are proclaiming the death of the Lord.
I am the living bread from heaven, says the Lord; whoever eats this bread will live for ever.
The feeding of the five thousand
Images from the Word
- Give them
- All eat
In the eucharistic prayer, the priest
invites the people to lift up their hearts to the Lord in prayer and thanksgiving; he unites the congregation with himself in the Prayer that he addresses in the name of the entire community to God the Father through Jesus Christ in the Holy Spirit.—General Instruction of the Roman Missal, §78
The priest does not pray this prayer alone but in union with the entire congregation. The priest proclaims the text of this prayer, and the community confess in their hearts the great deed of God that they have experienced throughout the past week. From these many and diverse events of the week, the assembly is called to bless God. Thus the community unite in offering the sacrifice at this celebration.