Sacrificial Language in the Ordinary Form (Part 2)
Eucharistic Prayer I (After Consecration)
“… from the many gifts you have given us we offer to you, God of glory and majesty, this holy and perfect sacrifice: the bread of life and the cup of eternal salvation.” – Language has been neutered from the Extraordinary Form (which I omitted above): “we … offer unto Thy most sovereign Majesty out of the gifts Thou hast bestowed upon us, a Victim + which is pure, a Victim + which is holy, a Victim + which is spotless, the holy Bread + of life eternal, and the Chalice + of everlasting Salvation.”
“Then, as we receive from this altar the sacred body and blood of your Son, let us be filled with every grace and blessing.”
Eucharistic Prayer II (After Consecration)
“… we offer you, Father, this life-giving bread, this saving cup. … May all of us who share in the body and blood of Christ be brought together in unity by the Holy Spirit.” – No explicit reference to the precise nature of the sacrifice (a word missing from E.P. II altogether)
Eucharistic Prayer III (After Consecration)
“… we offer you in thanksgiving this holy and living sacrifice. Look with favor on your Church’s offering, and see the Victim whose death has reconciled us to yourself. Grant that we, who are nourished by his body and blood, may be filled with his Holy Spirit, and become one body, one spirit in Christ. May he make us an everlasting gift to you and enable us to share in the inheritance of your saints…” – This is very good and clear language!
“Lord, may this sacrifice, which has made our peace with you, advance the peace and salvation of all the world.” – Also good.
Eucharistic Prayer IV (After Consecration)
“we offer you his body and blood, the acceptable sacrifice which brings salvation to the whole world.” – Very good language, possibly needs clarification about salvation vis-a-vis the whole world (which has not yet received salvation).
“Lord, look upon this sacrifice which you have given to your Church; and by your Holy Spirit, gather all who share this one bread and one cup into the one body of Christ, a living sacrifice of praise.” – Decent language
“Lord, remember those for whom we offer this sacrifice…” – Good language
E.P. Reconciliation I (After Consecration)
“Therefore we offer you, God ever faithful and true, the sacrifice which restores man to your friendship. Father, look with love on those you have called to share in the one sacrifice of Christ. By the power of your Holy Spirit make them one body, healed of all division.” – Good language
E.P. Reconciliation II (After Consecration)
“We celebrate the memory of this death and resurrection and bring you the gift you have given us, the sacrifice of reconciliation. Therefore, we ask you, Father, to accept us, together with your Son. Fill us with his Spirit through our sharing in this meal.” – Good language, except for calling Holy Communion a meal in the prayer
E.P. Children I (After Consecration)
“We remember his death and resurrection and we offer you, Father, the bread that gives us life, and the cup that saves us.”
E.P. Children II (After Consecration)
“He put himself into our hands to be the sacrifice we offer you.” – Decent language
“Send the Holy Spirit to all of us who share in this meal.” – Meal language in the E.P.
E.P. Children III (After Consecration)
“In this holy sacrifice, which he gave as a gift to his Church, we remember his death and resurrection.” – It doesn’t explain what the sacrifice is for, apart from “remember[ing]”
“Father in heaven, accept us together with your beloved Son.” – Decent language
“Through this sacred meal give us strength to please you more and more.” – Meal language
Note: my biggest concern with the language used for children is that they understand just what is meant by “accept us with your Son”, and that they be taught the reasons for the offering of this sacrifice.
E.P. for Special Needs I-IV (After Consecration)
“we offer you the bread of life and the cup of eternal blessing. Look with favor on the offering of your Church in which we show forth the paschal sacrifice of Christ entrusted to us.”