MaryvaleThis Blog has not been active since its editor moved to the parish of St Nicholas, Boldmere, Sutton Coldfield in the Archdiocese of Birmingham.

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Living Eucharist is published for the Westminster Liturgy Commission.

It offers opportunities and encouragement to deepen our participation in Sunday Mass. It does this in two ways.

First it helps us prepare for each Sunday’s Mass by focussing in turn on the principal elements of the Liturgy of the Word. Acknowledging that the Liturgy of the Word is often structured with readings chosen to complement the Gospel reading and that can seem a little arbitrary until we know what the Gospel reading is. So, each week, the blog begins on Thursday with the presentation of the coming Sunday’s Gospel. It continues over the following three days, ending on Sunday with the First Reading, ie presenting the readings and psalm of the Liturgy of the Word in the reverse order to how they are heard on Sunday.
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In the three days following the Sunday, various elements of the Mass are considered or reconsidered. Generally the blog returns to elements of the Liturgy of the Word, but may also consider other elements of the Mass of Sunday. These will from time to time certainly include the Collect, Preface, or particular diocesan or national Days of Prayer.

Speak Lord: Giver of gifts

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The first reading at Mass today, the 18th Sunday of the Year, reminds us of the moaning and groaning people of Israel, and of the gift of manna (and quails) that sustains them during their desert wanderings.

The context of the Liturgy, and Christian Tradition, means we will focus more on the manna than the quails. Indeed the compilers of the Lectionary chose this reading to accompany today’s Gospel reading with its talk of the bread of heaven that is Christ, the antitype to the type of the bread gifted by God to Israel.

The whole community of the sons of Israel began to complain against Moses and Aaron in the wilderness and said to them, ‘Why did we not die at the Lord’s hand in the land of Egypt, when we were able to sit down to pans of meat and could eat bread to our heart’s content! As it…

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Speak Lord: Our Heavenly Bread

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Pyx The Psalm for Mass tomorrow, the 18th Sunday of the Year, picks up the theme of the group of Sundays between last Sunday and the 21st Sunday of Ordinary Time – the theme of Chapter 6 of John, the Bread of Life, the Bread of Heaven.

The Lord gave them bread from heaven.

The things we have heard and understood,
the things our fathers have told us,
these we will not hide from their children
but will tell them to the next generation:

The Lord gave them bread from heaven.

the glories of the Lord and his might
and the marvellous deeds he has done,
Yet he commanded the clouds above
and opened the gates of heaven.
He rained down manna for their food,
and gave them bread from heaven.

The Lord gave them bread from heaven.

Mere men ate the bread of angels.
He sent them abundance of food;

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Speak Lord: Call us to holiness

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Saints, Czartoryski museum, CracowThe second reading on Sunday continues our reading of Paul’s letter to the Ephesians.

And it contains both challenge and encouragement.

I want to urge you in the name of the Lord, not to go on living the aimless kind of life that pagans live. Now that is hardly the way you have learnt from Christ, unless you failed to hear him properly when you were taught what the truth is in Jesus. You must give up your old way of life; you must put aside your old self, which gets corrupted by following illusory desires. Your mind must be renewed by a spiritual revolution so that you can put on the new self that has been created in God’s way, in the goodness and holiness of the truth.

Ephesians 4:17,20-24

The Lord comes to us to change us. He comes to heal, restore, guide us to ourselves, to the…

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Speak Lord: Speak, Bread of Life

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Exposition, Piarist Church, Cracow aOn the 18th Sunday of Ordinary time in Year B, ie next Sunday, the gospel reading continues the reading from chapter 6 of the Gospel of John, begun last week.

Last week’s passage ended with Jesus heading for the hills to escape the enthusiasm of the crowd, that would crown him king.

When the people saw that neither Jesus nor his disciples were there, they got into those boats and crossed to Capernaum to look for Jesus. When they found him on the other side, they said to him, ‘Rabbi, when did you come here?’
Jesus answered:

‘I tell you most solemnly,
you are not looking for me because you have seen the signs
but because you had all the bread you wanted to eat.
Do not work for food that cannot last,
but work for food that endures to eternal life,
the kind of food the Son of Man…

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Taste and See: Unity, peace, service.

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The second reading at Mass on Sunday last, the 17th in Ordinary time, came from Paul’s letter to the Ephesians. Like so much of that letter it exhorts to harmony, unity in Christ.

I, the prisoner in the Lord, implore you to lead a life worthy of your vocation. Bear with one another charitably, in complete selflessness, gentleness and patience. Do all you can to preserve the unity of the Spirit by the peace that binds you together. There is one Body, one Spirit, just as you were all called into one and the same hope when you were called. There is one Lord, one faith, one baptism, and one God who is Father of all, over all, through all and within all.

Ephesians 4:1-6

Our Christian vocation is to live and share the peace of Christ. In him we find our security, and the security that is his love…

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