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Go Forth, The Blog is Ended…
At the end of the celebration of the Eucharist, after the final blessing is imparted, the celebrant or deacon typically says, “Go forth, the Mass is ended,” and the people respond, “Thanks be to God.” This is an apt interchange to paraphrase as I conclude this blog.
Writing this blog for the last two and half years to share the spiritual wealth of the liturgy with you has been a blessing for me, and I also hope it has been a blessing for you. Together we’ve meditated on every ordinary liturgical prayer that is typically recited in the course of a celebration of the Eucharist. It is a spiritual achievement for which that we should all be proud.
My goal was to help achieve “a greater awareness of the mystery being celebrated and its relationship to daily life” (Sacramentum Caritatis, 52). In writing this blog my own awareness of the mystery and its role in our daily lives was deepened as well, meriting a heartfelt “Thanks be to God.” I hope these meditations have also been reason for you to give thanks to God for the gift of the Eucharist.
Per Regnum Christi ad Gloriam Dei
(To the Glory of God through the Kingdom of Christ).