COMMON PREFACE I

For more information on prefaces in general, see The Eucharistic Prayer (2) and The Eucharistic Prayer (3)

This preface is used on weekdays in Ordinary Time.

The renewal of all things in Christ

Adam and Eve were entrusted with a great spiritual patrimony for humanity, and they lost it at the Fall. A sinful world is a tired and withered world, a downward spiral of decay and corruption that leads to misery. Our Lord gives us the opportunity to renew our world: to leave sin and decay behind and live.

“In him you have been pleased to renew all things, giving us all a share in his fullness. For though he was in the form of God, he emptied himself and by the blood of his Cross brought peace to all creation. Therefore he has been exalted above all things, and to all who obey him, has become the source of eternal salvation.”

The renewal brought by Our Lord is not simply a reset; by assuming human nature he infuses it not only with something new but with something better. The Fall brought war and struggle to creation. Our Lord paid whatever blood debt that incurred on the Cross. Through the Cross, he has given us a great power for renewal. Let’s ask him to renew us.

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