After the Preface, we typically use one of four Eucharistic Prayers at Mass for the prayers that consecrate the bread and wine into the Body and Blood of Christ.
The First Eucharistic Prayer (the Roman Canon) is most often used on Sundays and special feasts and it dates back to the 4th century under Pope Damasus I (who also commissioned
to produce the Latin Vulgate version of the Bible). St. Jerome
The Second Eucharistic Prayer is even older as its origins can be traced back to the third century; we often use this prayer at weekday Masses.
The Third Eucharistic Prayer, used as well on Sundays and festive days, was composed after the Second Vatican Council and it resembles the Second Eucharistic Prayer in many ways.
In the New Missal, the English translation will be much closer to the Latin original. Isn’t it amazing to know that what we will be praying very closely resembles what the Church has celebrated for over almost 1,700 years in both the West and the East? – Rev. Geoffrey Kerslake
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O God, source and origin of all fatherhood, who kept the Martyrs Saint Andrew Dung-Lac and his companions faithful to the Cross of your Son even to the shedding of their blood, grant, through their intercession that, spreading your love among our brothers and sisters, we may be your children both in name and in truth. Through our Lord.
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