This past Sunday, I realized that Father was not using any of the Eucharistic prayers in the missalette. In the first half instead of breaking the bread and giving it to his discipes, he gave it to his friends. OK they were his friends. While I flipped back and forth trying to figure out where this was it was over. Seemed like as soon as “Christ has died, Christ had risen, Crist will come again” finished I was hearing “Through Him, with Him…”
I asked our dear pastor as I shook his hand on the way out afterwards which Eucharistic prayer he was using as it wasn’t in the book. He replied “It’s the 3rd Eucharistic Prayer for Children.” Instead of ending the handshake he wouldn’t let go and continued “And I feel justified in using it because we are called to the Lord as little children”
This was the 7:30 AM mass and there were 2 grade school age children and a couple toddlers.
It dawned on me that I miss hearing the part about “pray brothers and sisters for our Pope Benedict, our Bishop, and all the clergy. St Peter and all the saints on whose constant intercession we rely for help. May we praise you in union with them and all who have left this world in your presence”
Wow! where did that all come from? I’m sure it’s not right but not bad for someone who’s been away for 20 yrs.
Anyway, what i want to know is this. Is there any instruction that specifies when this should be used? It might be good for Catholic grade school mass (if they still go to mass as a class) but it left me wanting more.
When I leave the Banquet of the Lord I want to feel full, not like I grabbed a shriveled up death dog at the 7-11