Sunday, February 18, 2007

Created and Redeemed

Today I want to share with you one of my favorite prayers from the offertory in the Tridentine Latin Mass. You might want to read it two or three times to really see the beauty of it. I love how it expresses that we were redeemed ("renewed") "still more wonderfully" than we were created. And what a great thought for Lent, a time to prepare to celebrate the culmination of our redemption at Easter.

"O God, who in a wonderful manner didst create and enoble human nature, and still more wonderfully hast renewed it; grant that by the mystery of this water and wine, we may be made partakers of of His divinity who vouchsafed to become partaker of our humanity, Jesus Christ Thy Son, our Lord: who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, one God, world without end. Amen."

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